Army Study Seeks Volunteers Willing to Eat Military Rations for 3 Weeks Straight

The United States Army is looking for civilian volunteers to test the health effects of its military rations
Army Study Seeks Volunteers Willing to Eat Military Rations for 3 Weeks Straight

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Here’s your chance to try MREs as a civilian. 

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Massachusetts, is on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to eat nothing but MREs — military rations known as meals-ready-to-eat — for three weeks straight.

The study is meant to help the army to understand the effects of consuming MREs, the vacuum-sealed meals eaten by military forces when on the field.

Participation in the study will last six weeks, during which subjects will be divided into two groups and asked either to eat their normal diet for 31 days, or to eat exclusively MREs for 21 days, and then return to their normal diet for 10 days.

The study will require volunteers to meet with army researchers for up to one hour, three times a week during the study.

In order to participate, volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 62. Volunteers will be compensated up to $200 for participating.

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