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Ready to eat: Scenes from a military meal

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. When a soldier or Marine sits down to warm up his military ration, or MRE, he’s not being shot at, he’s not losing friends. It’s almost a ritual, and the very act of opening one of these packages suggests safety, however brief it may be.

To a lot of the troops from many nations that VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson has met, mealtimes are the only thing to look forward to — other, perhaps, than going home.

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