What’s in a Case of MREs?

Ever wondered what’s in a case of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE)? Each year the military changes and updates their menus. There are two cases made, each containing twelve meals. Case A has menus 1-12 and Case B has menus 13-24. These menus are a great improvement over the WWII style C Ration, which famously included Spam, Hershey Bars and Lucky Strikes. You won’t find any Spam or Smokes in MREs but you’d be surprised at the multitude of entrees and desserts that vary from menu to menu. Check out Troopsupport’s MRE page for all the info you need about MREs, including menus!

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Summary of Posts: February 3rd 2013

Whether you’re planning an outdoor activity, improving your football team’s gear, or preparing for some zombie apocalypse sometime soon, there are lots of day-to-day applications that can use the help of military gear and technology. Check out these stories:

  • Tim MacWelch’s blog post teaches us how to lessen the hours spent lost in the wilderness by learning how to create a simple compass in a few easy steps.
  • Nikki Tucker’s post gives out expert advice when planning to get on an outdoor adventure like hiking, trekking, or camping. Read on to ensure safety during your great expeditions.
  • Mike from OffTheGridNews.com talks about guns and ammo. Find out the practical uses and the importance of keeping your guns reloaded all the time.
  • Wendy Culverwell’s post brings us back in Oregon time, as a new military museum will be opened in 2014 to commemorate the historic events that happened in the past.
  • KPLCtv.com brings us news that military technology may be utilized in the production of better and safer helmets for football players.
  • Going on an outdoor adventure is a lot of fun – but will be so much more fun if no one gets eaten by a bear or dies from some accident. Read more about outdoor activity safety in our commentary, “The Greater Outdoors.”
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The Greater Outdoors

People have different interests and varying ideas on what a good time is. Some prefer staying indoors, reading a book while enjoying the peace and quiet. Some go out during nights, attend parties and hop to and fro bars and clubs. Others enjoy sports and athletic activities. Then, there are those who like to spend their free time outdoors – night or day, or both. Camping, hiking, mountaineering, and trekking are only some of the outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by adventure-seekers.

It can be suggested that the concept of not knowing what can happen and the element of danger are contributing factors to the overall appeal of outdoor activities. While going all MacGyver can be macho and impressive, it wouldn’t hurt to be at least prepared for what is out there – and what you can encounter along the way. Packing the necessary stuff with you is one thing – first aid kits, flashlights, swiss knives, sleeping bags, enough food and water, etc. Wearing the right type of clothes – durable but comfortable – is another thing to take note of.

Nikki Tucker’s post gives more advice for those planning to camp out and sing songs in the forest bonfire. Read on to get some tips and pointers and be ready to have pure, uninterrupted outdoorsy fun.

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Military Defense, Football Offense

The military is known to be one of the best places where durable gear and equipment is used as protocol. This protects the soldiers and officers during duty. The same technology is being employed to create football helmets – better, sturdier, tougher, and safer gear for footballers. Read more about this breakthrough from KPLCtv.com.

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Old Wars and Battle Scars

Oregon holds a rich history of wars and battles in the past. Today, telling the stories of the past is one of the many ways to keep the spirit alive. As a step to achieve this, a military museum will be erected from an old armory to tell the history in the best way possible. 2014 is projected as the opening date for the special museum. Read more about the museum and Oregon’s history from Wendy Culverwell’s post.

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Locked and Loaded

Lots of Americans have guns in their houses – some as gifts passed on between generations, but most for self-defense and protection purposes. Just as important as having a licensed gun is keeping it loaded with ammo – otherwise there wouldn’t be much point. Mike from OffTheGridNews.com talks about the benefits of ammunition in his blog post.

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Know Where to Go

Outdoor activities are lots of fun, especially hiking and camping. The natural uncertainty makes these activities appealing to those who love the wilderness. Before embarking on any adventure, though, it is important to stay prepared. Having a compass along with you is helpful – making your own is even more fun. Learn how to make your own compass from Tim MacWelch’s blog post.

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Summary of Posts: January 27th 2013

We’ve gone on quite a journey with this week’s topics.  Here’s a recap of the articles and posts we looked at:

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Re-Dressing the Army

For the past several years, issues surrounding the US Army’s uniforms have sent their tailors to the drawing board to redesign both the fitness uniform and the combat uniform.

Some of the issues surrounding the fitness uniforms included chafing, sweat-soaked material, and the shorts would ride up hindering movement or worse, causing some embarrassing situations.  After a survey of roughly 76,000 soldiers, six new styles of fitness uniform were created, with more than 32 changes made.  The Program Executive Officer, or PEO Soldier will be holding another survey to determine which of the new uniforms the soldiers deem best for overall comfort and performance.  Shayna E. Brouker covers the full story on fitness uniforms in her article, “Army wants feedback on proposed PT uniforms”.

Since 2009, research funding has been approved for a female version of the “Army Combat Uniform”, or ACU.  Women complained of poor fit in the shoulders, hips, and crotch areas of the regular ACU, and an alternative uniform with narrower shoulder width, slightly nipped waist, and elastic waistband pants was created.  The uniform however, is currently being tested on some 300 male soldiers, and rather than being a female only version, will be offered as an ACU-Alternate.  It’s been decided that smaller men may appreciate the fit of the newly altered ACU, and having a uniform strictly for women may highlight differences between the sexes more than is necessary.  Nancy Montgomery discusses the ACU-Alternate in this story.

With the revamping of the two uniform types, soldiers should reap the benefits of the research and development that’s gone into fabricating their new uniforms.  Re-dressing the Army should make the soldiers more comfortable and less prone to restricted movement while on duty.

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