November 5, 2014

Chubby Computer Nerds Now 1A?

1 Tech Warfare May End Army Weight Limits

Given rising U.S. obesity rates, the Army has had growing difficulty finding recruits who can meet its physical fitness requirements, which apply to every enlistee. But according to Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, the advent of computer-based warfare could ease or even end some fitness restrictions. “Today, we need cyber warriors, so we’re starting to recruit for Army Cyber. One of the things we’re considering is that your [mission] as a cyber warrior is different. Maybe you’re not the Ranger who can do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and run the 2-mile inside of 10 minutes, but you can crack a data system of an enemy (so) we don’t make you have the same physical standards.” Such changes, he notes, would be controversial.

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Tags: Army Recruiting, Obesity and the Military, Army Weight Limits, Army Fitness Requirements, Overweight Soldiers

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