December 25, 2012

Most Recruits Too Fat to Join

1 Too Many U.S. Troops Too Fat to Fight

Obesity has become a national security concern in the U.S. military. From 1998 to 2010 the number of military personnel on active duty who were diagnosed as overweight or obese more than tripled, from 1.6 to 5.3 percent of the force, a total of 86,186 troops. From January 1 through October of this year, 1,625 Army personnel were discharged for physical unfitness, compared to just 112 soldiers booted out five years ago; a fifteen-fold increase. Some 75 percent of civilians attempting to enlist are unfit, primarily due to obesity, and of the 25 percent who qualify, only one-third are able to pass the initial physical training test requiring them to run, jump, tumble and roll. The Pentagon notes that U.S. forces must be able to perform in “extremely austere and demanding conditions.”

More at Washingtonpost.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Military Fitness, Obesity in the Military, Fat Soldiers, Weight Control in the Military, Overweight U.S. Troops

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