Our Soldiers Are Now Too Fat To Fight! Here’s Why

 Seems America’s youth in the 17-24 age range would not be eligible to enter military service because they can’t pass the fitness test, and don’t measure up to basic entry requirements. Furthermore in 2010 86,000 troops or 5.2% received at least one clinical diagnosis of being overweight, or obese.

One of the ways to create a quality armed service force is to start with a good pool of candidates, however as the country as a whole struggles with obesity, the number of prospective military personnel to fill future needs continues to get smaller.

This development is drawing a lot of attention by our country’s retired military leaders who claim that our country’s youth are getting to fat to fight.

Article Source: Natural News.com

According to CNBC, these leaders say that the best way to improve national security without spending billions of dollars on a new weapons system is to teach American kids how to read and get them slimmer.

Army officials say that more than three-quarters of 17- to 24-year-olds right now are not eligible to join the military because they don’t possess the fitness or cannot meet other basic requirements, like having a high school diploma or being able to effectively read and write.

Because of these alarming facts, a growing number of some of the country’s highest-ranking retired military officers are advocating a radical new approach to ensuring an adequate pool of recruits well into the future – improve the lives and health of the nation’s kids.

‘If you have a small eligible group to begin with…’

“It’s not just a school problem. It’s not just a Department (of Education) problem. It’s a national security issue and it needs to be prioritized that way,” said retired Maj. Gen. D. Allen Youngman.

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As CNBC reported:

He’s one of hundreds of former military officers who have gotten involved in Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit organization whose “Too Fat to Fight” reports attack junk food in schools. Its members also lobby lawmakers for improved school lunches and more widely available pre-K education.

These military officials say such interventions are necessary for increasing the pool of people who want to serve in the military and would be able to do so.

“If you have a very small (group) who are interested to begin with, and then the majority are not qualified, you can get into a pickle quickly,” Youngman said.

Actively serving military leaders generally agree that the country’s obesity epidemic has created a very serious manpower problem, now as well as for the next generation of troops. They also say the military is beginning to address the issue through the initiation of efforts to improve nutrition among the ranks and by trying to help military families promote better, healthier eating and exercise habits with their own children.

“If we really need the service now and of the future to be more physically fit and healthy, we certainly find that we can engage as a country … how to address strategies of healthy living,” Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, program manager for population health at the Defense Health Agency, told CNBC.

‘War is not becoming less physically demanding’

These and other initiatives come at a time when lawmakers and the Obama administration are moving to reduce the overall size of the force following long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as advancing technology takes over more and more military operations. But nevertheless, experts say it will still be important to have physically fit fighters in the years ahead.

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“There’s nothing about war that is becoming fundamentally less physically demanding, for at least half the people on the battlefield,” Michael O’Hanlon, director of research for the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, a think tank, told CNBC. Read the rest of this article here.

 

 

 

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