1. I used the same MRE spoon the entire time I was deployed in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I don’t know why. I just did.
2. The plastic MRE spoons were a key component of an improvised trigger device for trip wires someone once taught me. That’ a clothespin, two thumbtacks, a 9v battery and some wire made for a handy remote detonating system for Claymore mines. In peacetime, hooking the device up to a flash cube worked as a nice simulator or early warning device.
3. Spooning back in the days before DADT was a bit frowned upon in the field. But sometimes, practicality takes precedence. I never went to SERE school. But I did go to Team Spirit 87, and Korea in March isn’t exactly balmy. And since we were “Lightfighters” we kept our load to a minimum by eschewing sleeping bags. The problem is, trying to sleep on a freezing night with just a poncho and poncho liner is uncomfortable at best, and hazardous at worst. So, you bet my battlebuddy became my snugglebunny. PT&A rules in effect.