Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

There are millions of soldiers worldwide. Some are currently in a conflict; others are in training. But they all need to eat. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE (aka “Meal, Ready-to-Eat”), which often come with a small heat pack to warm the contents. But what food do these meals include? Unsurprisingly, each country has its own unique offerings. 


Redditor itsrattlesnake created a photo series of MREs from a number of countries, each influenced by its country’s traditional cuisine. The French have paté. Italians have biscotti. And the Estonians have their liver sausage. Check out the contents of each of these 11 countries arranged below, and be grateful if you’re not dining on one of these tonight.


army food 4
Contents: Cassoulet with duck confit, Deer pâté, creole-style pork, crème chocolate pudding, coffee, flavored drink powder, muesli, caramel candy.

army food 1
Contents: Pasta and bean soup, powdered cappuccino, biscotti, canned turkey, rice salad, power sport bar, canned fruit salad, muesli chocolate bar, and a shot of cordial (40 % alcohol).

United Kingdom
army food 2
Contents: Chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta, pork and beans, trail mix, coffee, tea, a mini bottle of Tabasco, an apple fruit pocket, packets of Polos.

army food 3
Contents: Pasta with vegetables in spicy tomato sauce, almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider, peanut butter, and crackers.

army food 5
Contents: Vegemite, chili tuna pasta, processed cheddar cheese, meatballs, jam sandwich biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, sweets, soft drinks, chocolate.

army food 6
Contents: Green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, pate, powdered vegetable soup, crackers, peaches in syrup.

army food 7
Contents: Salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Bear Paws snacks.

army food 8
Contents: Liver sausage with potatoes, stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, crispbreads, halva with vanilla, muesli with fruit pocket and honey.

army food 9
Contents: Beans and bacon in tomato sauce, Golden Oatie biscuit, Rowntree’s Tooty Frooties, Earl Grey tea.

army food 10
Contents: Liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, sour cherry and apricot jams, sachets of grapefruit, exotic juice powder, biscotti.

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