Meal, Ready-to-Eat

Guttman, Jon
July 2010
Military History;Jul2010, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p18
The article describes the evolution of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers in combat which started from a resolution issued by the U.S. Continental Congress in 1775 defining the proper food rations for an army soldier. Food rations initially came in cans until 1950 when the U.S. Defense Department changed over to flexible pouched rations and eventually to the MRE or the meal, ready-to-eat plastic retort pouch which had a three-year shelf life. New rations were developed including First Strike Ration for fast-assault missions and the Hooah! energy bar.


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