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December 12, 2012

Army isn't getting meaner, just leaner


“Of the 25 percent that could join, what we found was 65 percent could not pass the (physical training) test on the first day,” he said in a speech. “Young people joining our service could not run, jump, tumble or roll — the kind of things you would expect soldiers to do if you’re in combat.”

We can blame video games, fast food, sloth and all of society’s other contributors to obesity, but the brave and patriotic men and women of our armed forces need a reliable pool of fit recruits that they — and we — can depend upon for the continued defense of our country.




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