70 Percent of Young Americans Are Unfit for Military Duty

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    WASHINGTON (Nov. 3) -- Are America's youth too fat, dumb or dishonest to defend the nation against its enemies?

    The latest Army statistics show a stunning 70 percent of military-age youth are ineligible to join the military because they are overweight, can't pass entrance exams, have dropped out of high school or had run-ins with the law.

    So many young people between the prime recruiting ages of 17 and 24 cannot meet minimum standards that a group of retired military leaders is calling for more investment in early childhood education to combat the insidious effects of junk food and inadequate education.

    "We've never had this problem of young people being obese like we have today," said Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    He calls the rising number of youth unfit for duty a matter of national security. "We should be concerned about how this will impact this overstretched Army and its ability to recruit."

    Douglas Smith of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command said 2008 data shows about three in 10 youths have an initial "barrier to enlistment."

    Most aren't insurmountable. "If you're overweight, we tell you to come back when you've lost the weight. If you don't score well on the armed forces aptitude test, we suggest you study and take it again," he said.

    Between 2004 and 2008, the Army more than doubled the number of "conduct" waivers it granted to would-be soldiers with criminal or misdemeanor records. The loosened standards proved necessary in a time of war and amid a booming economy that forced military recruiters to work overtime to fill the ranks.


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    Joining the Military:

    The best "Get in Shape" Program out there.


    Forget Fat Camps and Spas, I bet basic training would get any lazy fat ass in shape.

    Maybe they can have night classes so they can get their GED's too.
     
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    i just read this on AOL. it is stunning. but the military was susposed to trim down fatso and beef up mr skinny. hmmm

    the criminal record will keep you out. even back in the Nam war.
     
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    When I grew up.

    Kids rode bicycles all over the place.

    We went to the park everyday and played base ball, football, or threw rocks into the water.

    Kids were all over the place having fun.


    Last summer, I went back to visit the neighborhood where I grew up.

    I saw no kids in the park. The ball field was empty. In fact, I didn't see any kids anywhere.


    They are all inside their air conditioned houses.

    Staying up till 4am in their bedroom playing video games and sleeping till noon.
     
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    I put this on another post here. hope you don't mind
     
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    Way back in 1969 when I joined the Navy, I lost 34 pounds in boot camp. I agree with Echo Zulu. The military can, and will, be more than glad to help you loose weight when you go to boot camp. At least they did when I joined. I do know they are a bit more picky these days. I can understand not allowing somebody to join up if they have a criminal past or if they can't pass the enterance exams but for being a few pounds overweight I think is pushing it a little too far.
     
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    I joined the USN in 66. no time for me to fatten up. I worked/lived on a central Missouri farm bailing hay in the summer. and I weighted only 125 when i went in. but i came out of BC around 135. and we had some fatso's in my company that were trimmed down in a hurry !!!
     
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    What should they be doing? Kissing their carpets 5 times a day like you do?
     
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    70% of merriccans are on drugs. It's a fact.
     

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