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How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:48 am
by thortof
Hi all

Have a question about US MRE
In Denmark we always get a 24 MRE pack with 3 meal, and snacks
But many other countries uses this 8/12 hours pack with 1 meal and snack,

How do the it work for the soldier in the field, do he get, 2-3 MRE a day?
And what about breakfast?

They have a nice size thougt and handy

Thx in advance
Thorbjørn

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:26 am
by housil
thortof wrote:
How do the it work for the soldier in the field, do he get, 2-3 MRE a day?
And what about breakfast?
Yes, actually it´s three MREs a day.
Americans don´t eat "continental breakfast" as we do, they had several breakfast MREs with e.g. omelette.

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:38 am
by thortof
Hmmmm worndering why it is smart to get 3 each day, I mean lots of ekstras and logistic,
Though the are more handy
Aha so there is a breakfast MRE
Thx

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:25 am
by housil
thortof wrote:Hmmmm worndering why it is smart to get 3 each day, I mean lots of ekstras and logistic,
It´s no extra if you have to deliver a case of 24hrs rations or a case of MREs.
Get a French ration, it´s a 24hrs ration with also no "continental breakfast" but an inflatable croissant :mrgreen:
thortof wrote: Aha so there is a breakfast MRE
Thx
..were breakfast MREs... if I remember right, real breakfast MREs got discontinued.

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:04 pm
by cavguy
Actually when we deploy or train we usually only get one to two MRE's a day and the support units usually supply at least one hot meal a day (UGR usually). This can vary sometimes for example; one MRE for lunch and two hot meals - one for breakfast, dinner (UGR or Hot A-B rations). Or, an MRE for breakfast and lunch and a hot meal for dinner (UGR - Hot A-B ration). It has been my experience that if they are only going to give you one hot meal a day its usually dinner.

When we get MRE's usually we just open a case and grab whatever is in the box. Picky soldiers usually don't get what they want.... lol!

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:38 pm
by shawker71
Cavguy is correct on how it was for us in the 89's/90's in the Army. We usually only got 1 hot meal (breakfast or dinner) and 2 MREs per day.

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:53 pm
by DangerousDave
At least in the 1980's, we got 2 MRE's to pack, and 1 hot, off the Deuce-and-half, per 24 hours, in the field. Actually, us US Panzer-Grenadiers(mechanized Infantry) had a couple unopened cases bouncing around in the back of our M113, mostly, so nobody starved. LOL. Hope this helps. ;)

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:15 pm
by noderaser
The cases where you would be eating 3 MREs a day would be rather rare; perhaps an initial invasion, disaster response or other scenario where the infrastructure isn't quite together yet. But, I wouldn't anticipate that occurring for more than a few days, even with most of the food for modern operations being provided by contractors, things get set up pretty quick with tents and modular field kitchens.

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:10 am
by thortof
Thx for all ur respons, and now it is clear why u have these 8 hours ration, its easier to get them "right" amount of ration, when mixed with hot meals.
In the 80-90 in Denmark we seldom had hot meal, in the field, it was either MRE or camp. But I can see how that yours is more flexible
Thx Thorbjørn

Re: How many US MRE a day???

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:22 pm
by wats6831
I can shed some light on the wildland firefighter side of things. When we dispatch to a fire we are required to be self sufficient for at least 24 hours, preferably 48 hours, including water. I've been on the ops side and on the logistics side.

Usually, for the first operational period or two (24-48 hours) you're eating MRE's only. Once the logistics and a base camp get put in place we can start providing 3 meals a day in camp, and we can also sling hot cans up to the fire line with a rotor-wing ship. So after the first 2-3 days, more wildland firefighters get 2 hot meals in camp and sack lunches on the line. MRE's are just to supplement if necessary.