I have been swapping stories of the "Old Army" with my 1st LT son who is now deployed to Afghanistan. He had never heard of "C-Rations" the packaged food we endured when we were "out-in-the-field" back in my service time (early 1960's) I had never seen an MRE until I bought some for emergency camping type food some years ago, and found them to be a major improvement over the old canned "C-Rats".
However apparently today's Soldier has more finely tuned tastes than we did. He says the MRE's are not in use except when out in the boonies, that regular Mess Hall service is the normal activity, even at his "FOB" (Forward Operating Base) where he oversees a Pakistani Border Checkpoint.
Here is yesterdays (Saturday's) dinner of Afghani Surf & Turf.