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Oct 26 2022

Video: French and Norwegian soldiers swap meals-ready-to-eat rations

Every army in NATO has its own field ration, commonly known as MREs (meals-ready-to-eat). While perhaps not the height of culinary expression, these rations give soldiers the calories they need to power through a hard day in the field. 

From Ally to Ally, their contents differ in small, interesting ways. Join a Norwegian soldier and her French counterpart as they exchange rations during Exercise Brilliant Jump 22, held in Rena, Norway in March 2022. Brilliant Jump tested the NATO Response Force’s (NRF’s) ability to quickly deploy a combat-ready spearhead battalion on short notice. 

France leads the NRF in 2022, and their infantry brought plenty of hearty mountain rations to see them through the long, cold days. Being part of the NRF means being ready 24/7, 365 days a year – and you can’t do that on an empty stomach.

Video by NATO HQ

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