The Meal, Ready-to-Eat – commonly known as the MRE – is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the U.S. Department of Defense for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available. While MREs should be kept cool, they do not need to be refrigerated. MREs replaced the canned MCI, or Meal, Combat, Individual rations, in 1981, and is the intended successor to the lighter LRP ration developed by the United States Army for Special Forces and Ranger patrol units in Vietnam. MREs have also been distributed to civilians during natural disasters.
So other than those we have in SAF, US Army also developed recently (within last 10 years) a different type of MRE. This is called First Strike Ration (FSR).
The First Strike Ration (FSR) is a compact, eat-on-the move ration concept from the United States Army, designed to be consumed during the first 72 hours of conflict, created by the United States Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. The Army said the FSR substantially reduces weight and load and is intended to enhance a consumer's physical performance, mental acuity, and mobility.
Advantages of the FSR to MRE is compact size. FSRs are designed to be eat on the go, so packaging and accessories are minimized. Bear in mind, eat on the go, means food will be cold. Made up of mainly nuts, cereal bar, jerky, etc. MRE may have heating elements, multiple courses, carb and protein are separated etc.
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