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Aloysius the GaulDecades ago when I was in the military the messes at small bases had set times for meals - usually a block of 2-3 hours - you miss that time you don't eat that meal.
so IMO the answer to your question is:
but the article linked says that a soldier recent reassigned to Afghanistan went to go to breakfast and found the mess hall close 'due to budget cuts' on the same day that Congress gave themselves a pay increase.