Another one from the Mil email string…

Here we go again… Pizza MRE??? I’m SO glad I’m retired and gone…

MRE- Meals Rejected by Ethiopians, not for preflight/inflight use, etc… Given the choice, I would default to C-rats or K-rats. At least ‘they’ were known quantities…

A staple of American cuisine will finally be available to troops in the field after a year of uncertainty. The pizza Meal, Ready-to-Eat is currently being produced by vendors
and will likely be available to soldiers sometime in the next year for consumption in the field. Additionally, the chocolate Performance Readiness Bar is now available at all Army basic training locations. The bar, as part of a pilot program, had previously been available to Army basic trainees in some select locations. The bar is fortified with
calcium and vitamin D in the hope of reducing stress fractures by increasing trainees’ bone density. A new Close Combat Assault Ration is also under development. The
items in the new ration include New York-style cheesecake, vacuum-packed fruits and vegetables and Monterey Jack cheese. 

Pizza, one of the most common and popular food items in the U.S., has been requested by soldiers for more than thirty years, according to Stephen Moody, director of the Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts. The MRE will include pepperoni pizza, but topping varieties could be introduced in the future after hearing troop feedback on the new product. According to the Army, the pizza MRE will be available in some locations by the end of the calendar year but will likely be available to most soldiers by the end of next year. When and where the pizza is available will depend upon existing stocks of MREs at each location. 

All MREs need to have a shelf life of at least three years when stored at 80 degrees or below in order to be viable as an option, according to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. However, when the pizza MREs were being tested under this requirement, the pizza was turning brown. The browning was not a safety issue, but more of a quality issue. Officials later found a fix for the browning – rosemary extract.

MREs were introduced in the early 1980s as a replacement for the C-ration. Since 1993, more than 270 new items have been added to the rations, along with the flameless ration heater and ergonomic beverage pouches.

Each MRE provides about 1,260 calories, and its durable packaging allows it to be safely airdropped by parachute from 100 feet.

And they’d probably bounce like an old super ball… sigh…


Snerk… — 23 Comments

  1. Next, dehydrated beer.

    Trust me they want that with the pizza.

  2. Dehydrated beer? Great, now demonstrate the DUD packed in every MRE. It’s the odd tray.

    DUD: Disposable Urinary Device

    Wish I made that one up, but no %&$#, it’s there.

    • Agreed, WSF. We had Korean Ware surplus C-Rats on my destroyer, pulled out of the freezer from time to time. They weren’t bad, as box lunches go, and we survived the consumption thereof.

  3. If you haven’t tried a current MRE in the last 10 years or so, you’re missing out. They make everything that came before seem like a crime against the .Mil. They are really decent and well beyond canned in their variety and textures.

  4. Have a look at Steve1989 channel on YouTube for comparisons of the different​ MREs vs the older rations.

    • Did you see his review of the vegetable omelet (the ‘vomelet’)? Poor guy, I was impressed he got through the whole thing.

  5. Sitting at home in my armchair, that stuff sounds disgusting. But out in the field with the closest WH or Pizza Hut a thousand miles away, they will be appreciated… or go hungry.

  6. OMG. I snort laughed. I am not a fan of MREs, but so necessary in the mountains and in SWAT. Or so they have made us believe. LOL

  7. I didn’t think the C-rations were bad, but I didn’t have to eat a lot of them. Medic, ya know; soft duty.
    There was what I believe was a precursor to the MRE that was available in 1972, called LRRP (pronounced ‘lurps’) and designated for Long Range Recon Patrol.

    • I’ve had the LRP rations. They were a freeze dried item that you added water to, preferably hot water though that wasn’t always possible. Mountain House they were not. If you had to use water treated with iodine tabs, the flavor was even worse than normal. At least they were lighter than Cs.

  8. C-rats and MREs have some things in common.

    They’re really not that bad.

    There’s at least one menu item you hate.

    There’s at least one menu item hardly anyone likes.

    There’s not enough variety to keep you from hating ALL of them in very short order.

  9. All- Thanks for the comments, and OH so true Jeremiah… Save the peanut butter, and drink a Dr. Pepper… Then stand (or sit) by…

    Posted from my iPhone.

  10. All things considered, current MREs aren’t that bad. Honestly, the worst one I can remember (circa 2013) was the pork sausage gravy thing, and it wasn’t inedible, just not all that good. Hot sauce is an essential element.

    I still carry a field stripped MRE for use on long hikes. We did 100 miles over one weekend in June and the cheese tortellini was a welcome bit of chow halfway.

    All that to say this, I’d have been all over a pizza MRE. I’m still all about Monster and pogey bait over that shit when possible.

  11. Here is the MRE Pizza review:

    Also 1967 Survival Escape Evasion Kit:

    2013 USAF SERE Kit:

  12. I ended up with a bunch of K rations in college and used them on our camping/caving trips. Quite liked them.

  13. I have MREs as a *part* of my emergency store (hurricane-prone Florida) and consume them as they near expiration. No better or worse than when I was active (ret ’93) and comparable to C-rats of my in-country time. I agree most folks have love/hate selections. Best for me was advent of Tobasco in them. Best was in-country for me was the pilot crackers in that little can, believe it or not. Looked all over when I got back and never found them — no Internet/Google/Amazon back then!

  14. MREs have really come a long way. It’s worth the purchase to try one of the newer ones to compare to what the C’s were like (MCI’s in most cases if you want to split hairs).

  15. I spent a little time in the field in 1967 living on C Rations and for the most part the were good. Then again, I was hungry and devoured the salty, greasy, high carb and calorie selections along with the goodies, chocolate, cigarettes, jams and jellies, bad instant coffee and cocoa and toilet paper which was necessary when that stuff, for some reason wanted to exit below the belt real fast.

    I am of the opinion that the current meals are better than the improved, healthy, low salt, low fat stuff of the late 1990’s which was never enough fuel to keep men going without brining some of their own along.

    • Current MREs are fantastic, from a caloric standpoint. When I was in, going hungry wasn’t an issue.

      The giant shit one had to take after eating those for 2-3 weeks.. Goes without the salient details.

  16. MREs always tasted better than Cs, but C-rats had enough food in them to fill you up.

    And there was always a pizza option, both with C-rats and MREs: cheese spread on the crackers, cooked over heat tabs, with the spaghetti and meatballs smeared on top.

    If you weren’t that gifted, you deserved to suffer.

    C-Ration Cookbook:

    MRE Cookbook:

    Both courtesy of everyone’s favorite Tabasco company on Avery Island, LA.
    The founder’s son rode with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and his great grand-nephew and fourth president of the company was a Navy Cross-winning Brig. Gen of Marines in his spare time.

    If you’re going to be eating the kibble that Uncle serves his minions, you should learn how to work with what you’ve got to make something better than average.

    And it’s probably time for the McIlhenny Company to print up a 21st century edition cookbook.