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MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) Box A, Genuine U.S. Military Surplus, Menus 1-12 by Rothco
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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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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.
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'.
They are good food, they work well for their intended design, but you must ask yourself, if the manufacturer is in McAllen, Texas, and you cannot buy them on the open market in the 'new' state, then how are you acquiring them - and in what shape. If the dates are gone off the box, you have no idea if they are 3-years old, or 10...and how many times they cooked in the sun, before they got to you.
Take a pass, and look at new rations for the same cost.
My grandfather had a TON of these around when I was a kid and these are great for day hikes and over-nighters.
(copied and pasted from my other order of the same. I did not recieve one box of these but not sure which company, it was my error and not theirs (address issue), i was refunded and the review is not affected by this)