I was just over at War News Updates, and saw that not every “improved menu” is all that popular.
Britain issues a ration that is packaged in a manner similar to the MRE (that is, wet packed food in foil/mylar pouches).
Partly for cultural concerns, and partly to field “healthier” rations, the Brits changed up the menus in 2009.
The problem is, according to the Daily Mail, troops don’t like the new rations.
‘On average my troop gives away half of every ration pack. Surely in this day and age soldiers should not need to supplement rations out of their own pocket? We are marching on half-empty stomachs and losing weight which in turn affects our operational effectiveness.’
The previous ration packs had sustained troops for more than 40 years with traditional options such as corned beef hash, treacle pudding and hard-to-swallow ‘biscuits brown’.
The new packs contain spicier, more exotic meals such as paella, Thai green curry, chicken arrabiata and sweet and sour chicken.
By the way, here’s the current MRE menu list. I’ve had about half of them, and the “healthy” ones suck pretty bad.