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And the food they will make us eat there.<br><br>
I already know that there isn't any choice with vegetarians who enlist while they are in boot camp. They have to eat what they are served, or not eat at all (which isn't really a choice, you know? You need your fuel).<br><br>
Anyways... I am worried about when I leave to basic having to eat what they give. There is no doubt it will not be vegetarian and if I eat the portions of the meal that seemingly is, then it won't be 100% vegetarian...<br><br><br><br>
This is a ridiculous matter to fret over, considering that I should be more worried about being sent to Iraq and being blown up and having my limbs splattered all over the grounds of the middle east, but you know, menial things worry me sometimes.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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This isn't menial at all! Your beliefs are very important. I really have no advice for you beyond trying to find someone who <i>really</i> likes meat and offer to trade them your portion for their non-meat food. Wish I could help you more, but either way- good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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i would talk to the recruiter about it. i do believe that the military gives special meals for religious reasons, so it might be available anyway.<br><br><br><br>
as it is, since the military is voluntary, if it's enough to keep you out, then don't volunteer.
 

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Maybe this is the reason why vegetarians are mostly anti-war hippies: Because once a vegetarian joins the army, he/she will be a vegetarian no more.<br><br><br><br>
I wish I could say something helpful, but I can't think of anything that hasn't been mentioned already. Oh yeah, you could become a conscientious objector on the grounds that you refuse to cause suffering to non-human animals ...
 

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I have a friend in the AF who says that they have vegetarian MRE's for vegetarians, and that they're tastier than the standard MRE's, but you have to prove you're vegetarian in order to get them (somehow.. he didn't have details on that).<br><br><br><br>
You should discuss this with someone before you begin and maybe slowly wean yourself back onto meat before you go if you'll have to eat it so you don't end up wicked sick in basic training.
 

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oh, i'm not an 'anti-war hippie'--but a pro-peace progressive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hello,<br><br>
I'm new around here, but I've been veggie for about 2 years. I went through Navy OCS (officer bootcamp equivalent) about 5 or 6 years ago (I wasn't veggie at the time). The first week they just served us food on a plate, but after that it was cafeteria style where you could get just veggies and pasta if you so desired. I don't think they would ever force you to eat meat, although you may get a bit of "extra attention" for being veg*n. I would let them now when you get there and I'm sure you'll be okay. Some people are veggie for religious reasons so there has to be some flexibility. However the food tends to be white pasta or rice and canned veggies so it certainly won't be what you are used to, maybe PB&J too. Trace ingrediants will be hard to avoid, (you can't exactly label read in line), but the major things shouldn't be too bad. Good luck!!!!
 

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I just asked my hubby who has been in the Army since 99. We are friends with a couple of people who are vegetarians due to religious or ethical reasons who were in his unit.<br><br><br><br>
He responded:<br><br><br><br>
"It always sucks and it's like a punishment but whatever. If you're a vegetarian in the Army I hope you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.<br><br><br><br>
In other words, they will provide you veg meals but no guarantees on the nutritional quality. And I personally have seen veg MREs.
 

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So, I am in the reserves in Canada. They do have veggie options in (almost) all messes because of the move to improve the quality of life within the forces. Different places vary of course. There is alot of different ethnicities within the forces as well so ppl usually are okay with someone being veggie. Vegan would be a lot harder though. They do have veggie rats in the field - the Can version of MREs are supposidly really good - better than the meat ones. Although I've never had them.<br><br>
Do get used to eating whatever is availiable - even if it's pasta for the 10th day in a row. And get used to repeatidly telling ppl that you are veggie - they'll 'forget'.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I know this is a bit of an old thread, but just read this up about the UK army.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.armyjobs.mod.uk/RegularArmy/ArmyLife/DailyLife/Food/" target="_blank">http://www.armyjobs.mod.uk/RegularAr...ailyLife/Food/</a><br><br><br><br>
I would imagine if the UK army provides veggie food, then most others would also.
 

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Vegetarian MREs taste tested here:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegparadise.com/news31.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegparadise.com/news31.html</a><br><br><br><br>
4 vegetarian MREs with 2 of them more or less vegan.
 

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The one veg MRE I tried was nasty. According to hubby, the meat-based ones are even more so. As for veg meals in general, I have a hard time getting a decent meal anywhere on post -- CG's Mess and food court included. Also, beware that no matter what military policies may be, there are always NCOs (and the occasional officer, but NCOs tend to be the worst) who think policies don't apply to them and who will seize on any perceived difference as an excuse to make your life a living hell.
 
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