Originally Posted by MrWithasee
best way to obtain them is from National Guardsmen in your area. Apparently when they go on their weekends in the field or 2-week drills, they must buy MRE's (meaning they lose their comrats pay during that time). When they get back, they usually have left overs - like cases sometimes.
Best part about this method is:
1. they are "fresh"
2. don't have to worry about shipping
That is only the officers.
Unless something has drastically changed, when you're and enlisted person on Uncle Sams time, he picks up the tab for your food (lunch on weekend drills and the whole 3 meal a day thing on Annual Training).
Officers are given a load more pay, but they are expected to buy their own meals/uniforms/etc.