The American Obesity Epidemic is Hurting the U.S. Military

( – It remains to be seen if the Joint Chiefs of Staff will implement a force-wide Ozempic prescription for America’s fighting men, but until that happens, the military is faced with an obesity epidemic that needs to be dealt with.

Weight problems have already reached crisis levels among those on active and reserve duty, but now the problem is hitting military leadership before potential recruits sign their lives over to Uncle Sam. A recruiting shortage that many have attributed to woke policies at the DOD can now add obesity to that list.

Many young people are simply too heavy to meet the requirements for joining up. The problem appears to be so excessive that the U.S. Army has launched a new initiative that can be compared to basic training for basic training. In the program, recruits who are too heavy to meet the military’s weight threshold are sent away for 90 days’ worth of PT.

Potential recruits in the Future Soldier Preparatory Course are sent to South Carolina’s Fort Jackson for two possible reasons, with weight issues being only one of those. In addition to being tasked with losing enough weight to qualify for military service, enrollees are also given academic tutoring in the event they come up short on a portion of their ASVAB.

Recent numbers from the base showed that 278 of their 989 basic training graduates first accessed the Army via their new prep course. Almost 30 percent of newly minted PFCs were initially too heavy to join up. The Army is touting the Fort Jackson pilot program as a success and plans to expand it to bases nationwide.

A harbinger of the program came when the CDC and HHS saw that recruiting concerns were leading to international vulnerability on the battlefield. A combined presentation from the two agencies said that national security was being impacted and that over 1 in 3 people were too heavy to serve.

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