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You won’t believe it, but I read in the “Army Times” today that the Army is supposed to be replacing the traditional plastic MRE outer packaging with a bio-degradable substitute made of some plant product. Because of the bio-degradable nature, the shelf life of the new MRE will only be one year.

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now they'll have trouble feeding the troops with pre-positioned food. good job guys.

Jesus Christ Almighty- how can we be afraid of a government THIS inept at seemingly EVERYTHING!!!!
 

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Here is a press release from the Natick Center. It doesn’t talk much about what is coming out, just what the project was.

http://www.natick.army.mil/about/pao/2004/04-21.htm

more articles:

http://web3.unt.edu/news/story.cfm?story=11145

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0UQX/is_/ai_n15675101


Inept indeed. The articles talk about the “necessity,” of having MRE packaging that is recyclable. Where in the hell are you going to recycle MRE trash when you are in the field, much less, in combat? Hell, I have a hard enough time getting my soldiers to pick up brass for turn in. There is no way in hell that there is going to be an effective recycling program. At best, all the MRE trash will end up in a dumpster, and the Army will have wasted that many more millions of dollars.
 

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Maybe we really need a bio-degradable substitute for brass. Tank treads destroy the environment, they should be banned! Special Op units should check for endangered species before fire support can be approved. Our troops? Don't worry about them as they are already bio-degradable IF we get rid of the environmentally unfriendly kevlar vests. One has to wonder exactly who they are trying to please by such nonsense.
 

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You won’t believe it, but I read in the “Army Times” today that the Army is supposed to be replacing the traditional plastic MRE outer packaging with a bio-degradable substitute made of some plant product. Because of the bio-degradable nature, the shelf life of the new MRE will only be one year.

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One year is more than adequate for a soldier in the field, and that's who these MRE's are made for. They're not made for civilians who want to store food for 10 years. If you want to do that, buy commercialy available MRE's, which is probably what you have anyways.
 

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One year is more than adequate for a soldier in the field, and that's who these MRE's are made for. They're not made for civilians who want to store food for 10 years. If you want to do that, buy commercialy available MRE's, which is probably what you have anyways.
With all due respect, you must not have any knowledge of the military supply chain, and how pre-positioning works.

The military currently has thousands (if not 10's of thousands) of MRE's that are well over 3-5 years old.

These are pre-positionioned in warehouses at bases around the world to make it easier to get them to the battlefield troops when needed instead of having the rush a supplier to get a new supply out ASAP so that we can feed our troops in the field.

Its much easier (and cheaper) to rotate those supplies every 5-7 years instead of having to rotate every 6-8 months.

It will be a sad day that they reduce the life of these and our military will be the ones that feel the impact - oh yeah, and the taxpayer as it will cost them more money.
 

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One year is more than adequate for a soldier in the field, and that's who these MRE's are made for. They're not made for civilians who want to store food for 10 years. If you want to do that, buy commercialy available MRE's, which is probably what you have anyways.
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And what of the fact that millions of MRE's will be chucked in dumpsters every year because they are out of code? And we have to pay for EVERY ONE OF THEM.
I wouldn't be surprised if whoever has the contract for manufacturing MRE's is behind this.
 

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It used to be that the cooler you kept a MRE in storage, the longer it would last. First they changed the darn menu, then they made it so civies can't buy them, now they mess it up with some Al Gore wrapper. What next?!
 
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