The drawdown in Afghanistan has soldiers in at least one province adjusting to new breakfast policies, and it’s forced the Pentagon to work to set the record straight regarding suggestions that budget cuts have left troops deployed overseas without their morning meal.
A chain email has been circulating online, claiming that “elected officials believe that our military who are deployed overseas don’t have a need for breakfast anymore.”
The rumor-busting website Snopes.com picked up the chain email, as well as statements from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and their relatives. The site noted the email was “partly true.”
This “no breakfast” story started bouncing around over the weekend. I held off on posting about it because I was almost certain that what was going on was exactly what we learn in this article.
Yes, some outposts in Afghanistan have stopped serving a hot, cooked breakfast. No, our poor troops aren’t being placed on short rations.
Army chow will rarely compete with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for quality, but there’s rarely been a problem with quantity. Would it be nice to have three hot meals a day, and an MRE tossed in as a midnight snack? Yes. But two hots a day and two MREs is still a better deal than grunts have traditionally received.
On the other hand, the traditional garrison Army breakfast was always my favorite meal. Too bad they didn’t cancel lunch as the hot meal.