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We Are Building a Fighting Force of Extraordinary Magnitude September 12, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

Just look at the condition of our troops – the graph below shows the percentage of overweight active duty personnel since 2001.


In my day, even with my no-chance-of-combat-ever desk job, I’d have been tossed out on my fat posterior if I had failed the weigh-in twice.


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2. digitalbrownshirt - September 14, 2016

I was on the fat boy program for being within 10% of my max (but still under) for most of my time in the service. When I got out I had to go to the VA for a check up and found out that I was actually an inch taller than the Air Force listed me as, so I was actually quite a bit under the max. I think I was around 190 and 5’11”, but they listed me as 5’10”. My second day of basic I found out they had me as 5’5″. I got measured again by a guy that had to stand on his tip toes to read the scale.

I also could bench 300 lbs when I was in the service. I wasn’t skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but the only way I would have been considered fat was by the insane system they used back then. I had a roommate that was on the management plan when I was in Korea. That guy probably had less than 5% body fat. He was built like Lou Ferigno, except he was only about 5’6″ so all that muscle was just “fat” according to the scale we used. He could get taken off by sending him to get properly measured by medical staff, but that would require some actual effort from our front office so he just stayed on it for the entire year that he was stationed there.

I’d like to say that they’ve probably have made improvements in the last 30 years, but I know my oldest son had to deal with it too until they did some kind of measurement in a water tank at the hospital to prove he wasn’t fat. He could bench 475 lbs and was the go-to guy for body building instruction for the Marine unit he worked for at the time. That was only about 8 years ago when that was happening.

3. digitalbrownshirt - September 14, 2016

Kind of related: I noticed a story about a Sailor having a 7 lbs baby on board a deployed aircraft carrier. Nobody knew she was pregnant, including the mom apparently. I had to wonder if she really didn’t look pregnant or if she somehow just didn’t get noticed.

4. geoff - September 14, 2016

Yeah, we had a football player in my ROTC unit who had to get an annual waiver because his BMI too high, even though he was in fantastic shape.

But I don’t think that growth trend in the chart is really due to personnel who have too much muscle mass.

Back in the days before they allowed women in forward-based military positions, the danger of a woman becoming pregnant was one of the reasons against it. I thought it was a silly argument in this day of birth control, but once again life proves me wrong. Delivering babies and evacuating the mother and child seems like a ridiculous burden for a combat unit to bear. They should include pregnancy testing before women ship out.

5. geoff - September 18, 2016

Thought for sure that somebody, anybody, would have come back at me with a Kentucky Fried Movie quote after reading the title of the post.

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