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No More Breakfast For US Troops In Afghanistan?

U.S. Army

Soldiers line up for breakfast.

A viral email claiming U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan are no longer being served breakfast because of budget cuts isn't true, and the Department of Defense has gone on the offensive to battle the rumor.

According to the American Forces Press Service:

The Internet myth’s genesis came from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces. Instead of a hot, prepared breakfast, service members at those bases receive packaged meals known as “meals, ready-to-eat,” or MREs. This streamlines the logistics for these closing bases, officials explained.

The DoD sent out the American Forces Press Service article to combat the myth. The Pentagon insists the majority of U.S. service members in Afghanistan still get a hot breakfast.

The viral email got the attention of The urban legend-busting website reports:

It isn't true that, due to fiscal cliff-related budget cuts, breakfast has been completely eliminated for all U.S. troops stationed outside the U.S. It is true that "hot chow" breakfasts have been replaced with MREs at some U.S. bases in Afghanistan because those areas are preparing for transition to local control.

What have you heard about breakfasts served in Afghanistan?

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | January 11, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

will some company start taking donations ( and make a huge profit) off this?

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tmcneese | January 25, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

So, you have interviewed soldiers in Afghanistan and have first hand knowledge that this is not true? Because the story they are telling is much different. First, there were NO breakfasts, then due to backlash they now have MREs (disgusting, cheap, boxed meals meant for taking when you go into a combat situation and cannot be near facilities). Why would we feed prisoners (even terrorists at Guantanamo) better than we are feeding our nation's heros. Our soldiers are working hard and making money... but they don't have the luxury to go through the drive-thru. They are confined to base and thus provided or denied meals based on our government's decisions.

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Beth Ford Roth, KPBS Staff | January 25, 2013 at 11:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago


You're right, and you should read my follow-up post:


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jackmorris | January 27, 2013 at 9:09 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago


Jack Morris Looks at the Vietnam era and D.S. era vets and says "I'm GLAD I'm not in today's military!" I can't count how many times we ate MRE's or C rats for breakfast, did we whine and bitch and moan? This is what you get when you give soldiers on field bases every little comfort they could want and more due to Cheneyburton and other companies! They end up whiners! So you have to eat MREs for breakfast, suck it up and drive on! Go heat it up and add tobasco, yes it's in the MRE bag, and WORK YOURSELF and make a hot meal of your OWN!

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jo47 | June 12, 2013 at 6:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Please check again. As of 6/12/2013 a mother of a soldier there said he was told no breakfast beginning 7/1/2013. Please stay on this story and follow up.

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SoldiersMom | June 18, 2013 at 4 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Incorrect!!!! Effective July 1, 2013 No more breakfast on bases for our deployed soldiers!!!! So typical of the liberal media and snopes to try and debunked this TRUTH!!!!!!

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