“New recruits to the United States Army are apparently getting a little too flabby. We all are really, but now the military is doing something about it.” (Fox News)
It’s the new Army diet. Added to basics -- healthy meats, grains, fruits and vegetables -- the U.S. Army will also include injury prevention, aerobics and flexibility training -- All to transform soldiers into “soldier-athletes.”
Fox News analysts report these changes are meant to be phased into the all U.S. military institutions. For now, soldiers in the nation’s five main basic training centers will take the first bite.
The Army Times found this push for systematic fitness is one way the Army can help soldiers meet strict weight requirements. For many soldiers, weight loss has become a major concern. One soldier wrote the Army Times, confessing his use of extreme measures to reach weight requirements.
“Liposuction saved my career — laxatives and starvation before an [Army Physical Fitness Test] sustains my career. I for one can attest that soldiers are using liposuction, laxatives and starvation to meet height and weight standards. I did, do and still do.”
TG Daily reports the pressure to slim down did not come unwarranted. As outlined in the Army Regulation manual, body fat standards allow for just 20% for men and 30% for women. So, soldiers who can’t beat the bulge, face the risks.
“...more than a third of soldiers do not meet the current height and weight requirements put forth by the Army... between 1992 and 2007 around 24,000 soldiers were discharged for failing to comply with standards...”
The U.S. Army hopes the new focus on fitness, along with a well-rounded diet, will trim these numbers. Soda machines have been replaced with juice and water. Whole grains and veggies trump fried foods. The changes will gradually hit the forts within four months. According to Iowa NBC affiliate WHO, even soldiers overseas face the diet restrictions.
“Burger King, Popeyes and Pizza Hut will all be gone. It’s part of a fast food ban and will involve all bases in Afghanistan.”
An Army food program manager tells CNBC, realistically, if soldiers crave unhealthy indulgences, they will find a way.
“...many young soldiers will continue to go to the Army and Air Force Exchange Services outlets, where they can obtain fried chicken, pizza or other fast food and the students will do that when they are not in training during the weekends.”
So what do you think? Will soldiers’ scales AND bellies be satisfied?
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