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This is what military food rations look like for different armies across the world
Chili macaroni and pound cake? What countries do you think have those in their military meals?
Rozzette Cabrera
06.09.21

Like regular people, soldiers need food to survive and fight their battles. However, unlike us, they don’t have stoves, pans, and refrigerators to prepare their meals. That’s why they are given military rations.

Every country has their own way of preparing their soldiers’ MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) and one YouTuber took the time to open them up for his viewers. Looking at the views of the MRE videos he’s uploaded, it’s safe to say that people found MREs quite interesting.

Here are 14 countries and their MREs.

1. Germany

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Contains: Pea stew with mettwurstchen, hazelnut pudding, hackfleischrollchen with rice, rindfleischlyoner grob, muesli, oats milk and fruits, cranberry cereal bar, dark chocolate, crackers, roggenschrotbrot

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Although there’s a lot of crackers here, this ration doesn’t look that bad at all. They have dark chocolate. That’s a nice treat!

2. France

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Contains: Muesli, oats and fruits, chocolate, candy and nougat, crackers, instant tomato soup, crozets et diots, braised ham

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It’s a wonder how the French are able to put a mini-kitchen in this box. Everything inside it looks like real food. All of the meat in this ration are actual meat (well, maybe).

3. Italy

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Contains: Coffee, chocolate, biscuits, jelly, sugar, salt, fruit salad, tortellini, beef, crackers, tuna, soup, entry bar

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This is probably the biggest MRE on this list. With its size, it’s not surprising how much food it has inside. It’s quite fancy for a military food ration.

4. United Kingdom

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Contains: Cranberry cereal bar, candy, muesli oats with milk, fruit bar, sports drink, coffee and tea, tomato pasta salad, oatmeal cookie and hazelnut spread, salted nuts, vegetarian pasta

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There’s plenty of carbs, whole grain, and protein in this pack. It’s actually a good diet for soldiers.

5. Russia

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Contains: Crackers, bacon in fat, pea stew, apple sauce, meatball, rice with peas and meat, carrot and potato substance, cheese spread

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This ration is actually very nice. Even the person unpacking it found the food quite tasty.

6. Lithuania

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Contains: Chicken and rice, crackers, chocolate, hazelnuts, chicken soup, drinks

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This one looks decent. It doesn’t have as much food as the previous ones but it gets the job done for Lithuanian soldiers.

7. Poland

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Contains: Condensed milk, coffee, chicken casserole, hardtack, stick of gum, honey, hard candies, raisins, pepper, salt

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The chicken casserole looks good. It looks like real food which is nice. They even have milk!

8. U.S.A

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Contains: Macaroni, chili, crackers, grape flavor energy drink, skittles, marble pound cake

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Oh, Skittles! It’s a nice treat that reminds of home. It’s good for energy and happiness when you’re in the field.

9. Croatia

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Contains: Beef soup, tea, orange drink, coffee taffy’s, sardines, beans, liver spread, turkey pate, papaya, pineapple, chocolate, salt crackers, biscuits with pepper

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This is a pretty good meal. It actually looks healthy.

10. Canada

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Contains: Strawberry jam, peanut butter, ketchup, baked beans, sliced apples, bread, banana-flavored oatmeal cereal, coffee and coffee creamer, orange drink, hot chocolate

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Surprisingly, there’s no maple sugar or syrup here. But hey, it has baked beans and if you look closely, you’ll see a Wurther’s caramel hard candy, too!

11. China

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Contains: Hot sauce, sausage, rice, cake, fruit

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It may not seem a lot but it’s the taste that matters, right? The person reviewing this ration said that it actually tasted good.

12. Spain

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Contains: Pate, instant veggie soup, beef and peas, tuna, mixed fruits

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This ration is tiny but packed with interesting food. However, a lot of viewers were quite concerned about the quantity. It doesn’t seem enough to feed a guy.

13. Ukraine

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Contains: Biscuits, icesd tea, wipes, rice with beef, spoon and tissue paper, sugar, drink, pork, pate, tuna, iced tea

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This ration is mostly brown. Although it’s not the most appetizing color for food, at least there’s a lot of protein. Soldiers need them when they’re in the field.

14. Kazakhstan

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Contains: Corned beef with soup, rice, squash, pate, jam, tea bag, biscuits

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This set is a part of a 24-hour military ration. It doesn’t contain a lot of food but it should be enough to satisfy one man’s stomach for a single meal.

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By Rozzette Cabrera
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Rozzette Cabrera is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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