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7 May 2000 Issue
What To Know About Vegetarians In The Military

by Matthew Beedle - MattBeedle@aol.com 

These are some things that I would like to share for those of you that are thinking about joining the military service. While spending 2 months in Basic Training (Boot Camp) and 2 months in Advanced Individual Training, I came across several vegetarians that stopped practicing their ways because they found it too much trouble. This doesn't have to be the way that it is, you are guaranteed the right to practice your eating habits. One of the things to make it easier to be a vegetarian is to pick a religion that says you must be a vegetarian, that way if someone says anything to you, you can say that it is your religious right to be a vegetarian. When you go out in the field and are given MRE's (Meal Ready To Eat) there are vegetarian MRE's that are distributed along with the other MREs. I myself sometimes had to swap with a buddy or ask my drill sergeant for one, but in the end I always got one. There may be people that will tell you that you will not be able to perform your training and that you will grow too weak if you do not eat meat. I myself started my training in the worst physical shape and now I am in good shape. One thing that you may want to do is eat beans and nuts for protein, ask around and find out what you need before you join the service, and don't fall into the peer pressure.

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