Does anyone really know why we weren’t aloud to eat the charms from what seemed like decades old MRE’s in boot camp? I vividly remember a night in boot camp on Camp Pendleton. We had just given our nightly report and were in our shelter halves. My good friend and I started enjoying our evening ritual of crCking open a few pieces of charms candy when to our surprise the shelter half was ripped open by the meanest drill instructor to roam the earth. We got yelled at for about 15 minutes straight then he left. We innocently thought that was the end of it but as soon as day-light cracked over the mountains the whole platoon was marching up and down Mt. Mother until we couldn’t stand. I didn’t eat another charm in boot camp and had real reservation when I got to the fleet.
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  • L. Ortiz

    Sounds like another “wannabe” to me with a made up story. I ate C-Rats for 12 plus months in the Nam and never had “Charms” or any other kind of candy in a C-Rat pack. Don’t these guys who post these fairy tales know that real Marines will call them out on this crap????

  • Gunny48

    In reply to C. Stoney Brook.
    Them weren’t grits….they was sawdust. Dang boot! (LOL. Loved your comment. Semper fidelis)

  • C. Stoney Brook

    In reply to Richard Townsend.
    Heck, Richard, the rations we had were salt pork, hardtack and hominy grits, in containers dated 11 Nov 1775.

  • C. Stoney Brook

    If MREs were “decades old” when you went through Boot Camp/ITR, you’re sooo ‘boot’ you shouldn’t even be allowed to call yourself “Old Corps” … If your rations didn’t come in cans with a John Wayne / P38 opener, you’re a Boot for Life. I went through MCRD San Diego, graduating 7 Dec 61, and still don’t think of myself as ‘Salty’ …

  • Sgt. Eric Tipton

    I ate a lot of C-rats in Nam but don’t recall any charms in any of them. I might have gotten some lifesavers (multi flavor or spearment) in some but that could have been from another source. It’s been almost 50 years.

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