Sign of the Great Recession, Part 98: Prices Rising at Military Mess Halls, Academies

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God bless our troops, but goddamnit, they're having it tough right now. Between a military that's shrinking, a lack of proper care for vets who need it, the thankless job of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a bunch of dirty hippies like me questioning why they had to go there in the first place, they don't get nearly enough love.

And the food! MREs, of course, need no explanation, but for those troops who want to eat edible food, they're going to have to pay more now.

Stars and Stripes is reporting that prices at all military dining facilities and academies rose 7.2 percent at the beginning of this year, to account for food inflation. "The price of breakfast increased to $2.45 from $2.30, lunch rose to $4.55 from $4.25 and weekend supper increased to $6.40 from $5.95," reads the report. And while that doesn't seem like much for those of us accustomed to splurging on bánh mìs, remember that most uniformed folks ain't exactly rolling in the dough.

Is that tired liberal canard coming true? Are we going to have to hold a bake sale to support the military--in this case, to feed it?

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Thats odd... When I was stationed at El Toro we didnt pay anything.  We had "Meal Card" or as we called it a "Chow Hall Pass".  Service members who are on Comrats don't have chow hall privileges but comrats pays an extra 300 or so bucks a month to eat with. if they wanted to eat at the chow hall then they have to pay the fee.  Most military members who live on base At least with the Marines get a meal card and dont have to pay anything. 

But dirty hippie or not we (they) appreciate you looking out! 

By the way have you ever eaten an MRE?   

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