Army Searching for Volunteers To Eat Meal, Ready-to-Eat for 21 Days
A U.S. Army pasta entree, formerly known as Meals Ready to Eat or MRE, is now chemically heated by opening the top, becoming a Self-Heating Individual Meal, or SHIM, developed in the Army research labs in Natick, Mass., March 27, 1996. The meal has also been improved to double the menu choices and includes Tabasco sauce. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Army Searching for Volunteers To Eat Meal, Ready-to-Eat for 21 Days

In an effort to find out the effects of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) on a body, the Army is looking for volunteers to eat the military rations for 21 days.


In a release from the US Army, they are searching for volunteers who are 18 to 62 years old and willing to eat and drink the MRE items only for 21 consecutive days.

Other requirements:

  • Not be trying to lose weight.
  • Be willing to give blood, urine and fecal samples.
  • Not have a history of gastrointestinal problems.
  • Meet additional screening criteria.

The study is expected to last six weeks and volunteers will be asked to eat a normal diet for 31 days and then nothing but MREs for 21 days. Then volunteers will go back to a normal diet for 10 days.

Volunteers will be given $200 for completing the study.

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