Food during Beast

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  1. mlm92321

    mlm92321 New Member

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    Will we get to chose what we eat/how much? Are we forced to eat certain things? What are the options to eat?
     
  2. Huah Harrison

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    We get to choose from whatever is provided at each meal. However, we are forced to abide by the five chews rule, whereby we must chew a maximum of five times before swallowing. From what I understand, this is merely to inhibit engorging one's self on food and to be able to pass knowledge to the cadre quickly. As far as options go, we eat whatever is provided. If they give us MREs, we eat MREs. If they give us blueberry pancakes, we eat blueberry pancakes.
     
  3. vampsoul

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    btw, most MRE's are pretty good. Just avoid ones with rice.
     
  4. scoutpilot

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    Hahahaha...spoken like someone who's eaten about 2 of them!


    As for the 3-5 chews, it is not to prevent gorging. Remember that you are going to be officers. Frequently you will attend banquets and dinners and other functions with food. The purpose is to teach you to take SMALL BITES. It is extremely rude to be asked a question by a general or, better yet the general's wife, and have to awkwardly chew 34 times to get your huge bite down. Small bites make you more polite as a dinner guest, plain and simple. You can speak quickly, you're less likely to smack your lips or need a drink to wash down your huge mouthful.

    It all has a purpose.
     
  5. vampsoul

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    My friend's dad's job was to develop military food, specifically MRE's, so I have eaten a fair bit of the offered selections. I like the chicken pesto.
     
  6. Huah Harrison

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    Yes, sir. That's what I meant when I spoke about passing knowledge to the cadre quickly. I got some good practice at this year's Founder's Day Dinner for the West Point Society of Charleston.
     
  7. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    I have eaten turkey and mashed potatoes and it was not so great.

    The bean chili I had at SLS was actually pretty good, especially considering we had to eat them cold :mad:
     
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    You will, in the "real Army" as cadets call it, rarely eat an MRE hot. It's messy and time consuming.

    As for the meals, well, they're a nice novelty for awhile. But the frankfurter meal is called the "four fingers of death" for a reason.
     
  9. Ken2012

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    MREs are quite something. I remember me and some others were arguing about whether there were laxatives in the candy. :cool: We also tried to make one blow up.

    The only hot things I've seen in an MRE were these little packets that were specifically labeled. I forgot how they were heated though.
     
  10. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    The heater is how you make an mre bomb. You put it in a bottle with the lid closed and it expands the gas inside the bottle and blows :cool:
     
  11. Ken2012

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    Yeah we wern't very successful. It may have been a good thing that we wern't. :shake:
     
  12. vampsoul

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    I never actually ate one hot. Too time consuming when the food was already in my hands.
     
  13. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    For a high school kid, I think i've eaten quite a few. Our Boy scout troop gets crates of them for trips, and from my expierence, if you stay away from the veggie meal you'll be fine, hot or cold.

    MRE's are actually one of my favorite things to eat. No lie. Its a lot of food, cheap, and filling.
     
  14. edhvoice

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    Not they tell me that I could have eathen them hot!!! Seriously, I never tried them hot, they were just fine cold. A few left something to be desired., but generally they were desserts, not the main course. The army got it right with MRE's. Anyone remember turkey loaf or pork loaf c rations. After a while I couldn't get either down no matter how hungry I was.
     

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