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MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) Box A, Genuine U.S. Military Surplus, Menus 1-12

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  • Genuine US War Fighter Rations - 12 different Meals per Case.
  • Ideal for hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and emergency food supply.
  • Includes flameless ration heaters for a hot meal anywhere you go. Long, Stable Shelf Life.
  • Features Accessory Pack with coffee or beverage powder, matches, seasonings, gum, wet wipe, tissue.
  • Designed for maximum endurance and nutrition with average 1250 calories per meal.
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Case of 12 genuine military spec Meals-Ready-to-Eat. Each meal includes water-activated flameless ration heater, entree, desert, snack, beverage powders, and accessory pack. Average 1250 calories per meal. Case weighs approximately 21 lbs. Photos do not represent actual pack date you will receive. See seller's condition comments for actual inspection and packing dates. Case menu contents will vary.

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  • Shipping Weight: 20.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005I5ML0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,503 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By Melanie C TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2012
There are a few things to know about these and all other 'Military' MRE meals. First off, the true 'MRE' meals provided by the military are supplied 12-meals to a box, the same ones these are coming in, but they have two banding straps that seal the box, and on the outside of the box, there is a 'REINSPECT BY' date that is 3-years from the date of packing.

The next thing to know is that MRE Military meals are considered a 'non-restockable item'. That means, when troops go to the field in the States, or when their unit is issued MRE's in combat, those not used cannot be 'placed back into the stock system'. In other words, eat them, or dispose of them. This is to ensure that if they were left out in the sun, cooked out of their minds for days, that potentially bad ones aren't put back into the stock system for someone else to draw and get sick from.

Third, there are different color individual meal bags. Yellow are NATO civilian 'humanity rations', the tan ones are Military Issue, and there is a blue one that the UN used to draw. There are also colors for vegetarian issue.

This all said, I have eaten MANY MRE's, both in the Marines, and as a civilian. Unless can see the reinspect date, or I know the stocking and handling protocols of where they came from, I would be cautious of buying 'Military MRE's'. The biggest issue being that most 'surplus' MRE's that you are bidding on now are actually individual returns from 'non-restocks' from Reserve units that returned from overseas where they have old MRE's they can't issue, or that sat in the field too long. Just like old worn sleeping bags or dented gas cans, you are basically taking 'discarded food stocks'.
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I'm happy with the purchase - It arrived with about 3 years and 4 months shelf life left on the box. The box was sealed and has the two straps securing the outside intact. Its a tradeoff for these vs other options that you can get that are almost brand new. These are surplus - so they've been in the field then sold to surplus dealers since they cannot be restocked once they leave the warehouse (due to lack of control for temperature / handling, etc). Being an ex service member, the reality of it is that these are just fine for 4+ years.

That said, please take some advice.

On Amazon, these are a cheaper option, and I think if you're buying them for more immediate term coverage then you're good. If you want something that will have the longest shelf life possible and is of a known quality then you're probably better off buying the ones made for civilian distribution - they're shipped direct from the factory and most of them have 4+ shelf years left on them. (see my other reviews for these)

For my need - throwing a few meals in the Jeep that will be eaten sometime over the next 3-6 months after serving as a back up plan just in case I get stranded - they're perfect. If you're buying these for disaster preparedness you probably should spend a few extra dollars and get something that's of a known quality and history.
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The box was damaged upon arrival. The bags were not vaccume sealed like they are supposed to be, I threw most of them away because the food safety was compromised. For the price you would thing they would take more care in getting you the quality you paid for and deserve.
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Beware... THE STAMP ON THE BOX SAYS THESE EXPIRE IN 6 MONTHS!! MRE's have a 5 Year Shelf Life, and these are just about there.. Should have heeded the warnings from others..
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Received my Box A MRE Meals 1-12 in a completely sealed box with the TTI (Time and Temperature Indicator) sticker completely intact and still showing that the meals are still fresh. I even taste tested Menu 4 (Maple Sausage) and it was delicious!!! I also attached a photo to "Customer Images" at the bottom showing the Menu's I received. I highly recommend this seller!
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By walstib zombie on December 23, 2012
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only 6 mounths left on shelf life
avertized as current issue
what a crock of s***
do not waste your money
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By walstib zombie on December 23, 2012
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only had six mounths left on shelf life.
product was avertized as current issue.
this is a rip off.
do not waste your money
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Excellent! Fast delivery. Compared the box with the many others I have gotten from FEMA, National Guard, and AAFES commissary, and all the same, and all good. Fast delivery but noticed the price jumped up when I returned to this page.
Noticed alot of the complaints are from those who don't know much about these. The military contracts the production of these every 4 years and only keeps them for 4 years. After that they CAN become available for civilian use, if not sent to humanitarian relief, and have a twenty to forty year life (storage temp). So if the dates don't look good on the box, remember these are military standards, (4 years). If they were brand new you wouldn't have access to them. I have eaten MREs from 1983. Still good. Not as many choices but still good. Also, of all the MREs, Sopakco is the best. Any number of companies could get the contract, but I hear the best reviews about Sopakco. My Favorites. Plus you can always just order from Sopakco direct and get newer ones. Mine was inspected April 2014. :)
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