Yes we Americans are truly chunky….even with all the exercise fads and skinny people doing ads the bulk (a good choice of words) of our fellow Americans are overweight……as sad as that is the military is even fatter….in more than physical weight.
That is correct!
Our war weary troops are overweight…..no too worry….there is a logical solution…..
“Military leaders are worried about the shrinking pool of young people who qualify for military service,” Gina Harkins reports at Military.com. “More than 70% of young Americans remain unable to join the military due to obesity, education problems, or crime and drug records.”
Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military officers, wants the US Department of Defense to create an “advisory committee on military recruitment,” with a view toward getting the next generation in shape so that they’re qualified, as the old saying goes, to “travel to exotic, distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people; and kill them.”
I’ve got a better idea: Instead of trying to trim fat off America’s adolescents, trim fat off the US Armed Forces.
The US military employs nearly 1.4 million active duty personnel and about 850,000 reservists.
The latest National Defense Authorization Act — vetoed by President Trump but looking likely as I write this to be passed over his objection — calls for $740 billion ($2,300 for every man, woman, and child in the country) in theoretically “defense”-related spending next year.
A simple but unattainable solution.
I Read, I Write, You KNow
“lego ergo scribo”