Some might expect that Navy personnel need large amounts of meat in their diet. Though there is substantial food science research backing the health benefits of plant-based diets, how will the Navy react when it’s forced upon them? 

According to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, written by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the Navy would “establish and carry out a pilot program to offer plant-based protein options at forward operating basses for consumption by members of the Navy.” 

The Navy Secretary is requested to provide at least two forward Navy installations to test the pilot. One of the reasons this bill is raised is to ensure Navy members can still get “meat” “where livestock-based protein options may be costly to obtain or store.” 

The amendment gave examples of bases like the Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, the US Fleet Activities Sasebo in Japan, and the Join Region Marianas in Guam.