Vintage Meal Combat Individual B Units

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The Meal, Combat, Individual (MCI) was the name of canned wet combat rations issued by the United States Armed Forces from 1958 to 1980, when it was replaced by the Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE). The components of the MCI were the M - "Meat Unit", the B - "Bread Unit", and D - "Dessert Unit".

What I have here are various types of B units from year 1962 to 1980.  

These were used extensively throughout the Vietnam war and other conflicts up until the introduction of the MRE in the early 1980s. 

These B units vary in year of production from 1962 to 1980. They are overall in good condition. Most have no dents or dings. A few have some areas of surface rust. Considering their age, these are in quite good condition overall. Good solid lettering, and good paint. 

These are great collector pieces for display, gifts, antiques etc. 

If you have a year preference please let us know in the order notes. We will do our best to accommodate


The "B" unit came in three different varieties:

  • B-1: 7 Crackers and 2 Chocolate Discs (Types: Solid Chocolate, Chocolate Creme, or Chocolate Coconut).
    • Peanut Butter Spread.
  • B-2: 4 Hardtack Biscuits (often referred to by troops as "John Wayne cookies") and a cookie sandwich or fudge disc.
  • B-3: 4 Cookies and a packet of Cocoa powder.
    • Jam Spread (Types: Apple, Mixed Berry, Seedless Blackberry, Mixed Fruit, Grape, or Strawberry). It was used with the bread in the D-3 can
  • Accessory Packet: matches, toilet paper, chewing gum, instant coffee, creamer, sugar, salt.