Overweight soldiers: Fat soldiers booted from US Army

By on Dec 13, 2012 in United States, World Comments

Fat soldiers booted out of the US Army this year has reached 1,625 through October, according to a report by the Washington Post on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

Overweight soldiers who failed the fitness tests were being dismissed from service as part of trimming down the military budget and to address “national security.”


Fat soldiers booted from US Army
US Army soldiers
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The number of fat soldiers booted out this year is reportedly 15 times more than in 2007.

Washington Post reported that the number of overweight or obese active-duty military personnel has tripled between 1998 and 2010.

Pentagon spokesman Commodore Leslie Hull-Ryde explained that “A healthy and fit force is essential to national security. Our service members must be physically prepared to deploy on a moment’s notice anywhere on the globe to extremely austere and demanding conditions.”

According to former Navy SEAL and military fitness expert Stew Smith, overweight soldiers were the result of eating “large food portions and a sedentary lifestyle.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling revealed that in 2009, about 75 percent of military aspirants were ineligible, majority of whom were overweight.

The army reportedly reviewed and overhauled its training program in 2010 to combat obesity. Yoga and pilates became part of the military’s fitness program.

By 2017, the Army was given an order to cut down its active-duty force from 570,000 to 490,000.



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