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Online Article: "Obesity and other Problems Barring Teens from Military Service Need National Attention, Leaders Say'
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a425couple
2020-12-28 18:08:52 UTC
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https://news.yahoo.com/obesity-other-problems-barring-teens-114804616.html
The following is a partial quote from the same: "Maj.Gen. Jason Bohm, the leader of the Marine Corps Recruiting Service, said far fewer than 30% of young people are eligible to serve in that branch. "If you break it down further into those skill sets, intelligence level, and the physical level, those that we're looking toward bringing into the Marin Corps...quickly decreases to about 7%, "he said. "That's enormously challenging."
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The following is a partial quote from the same: "Further, as the male virtues, men's rights, men's liberties, and men's individual and collective dignity are under aggressive attack by feminists and others, American men will increasingly, relatively and absolutely, be unwilling and/or unable to serve in the U.S. Military."
Yes. A serious problem.
Anyone know the current figure for immigrants
in our military?
Byker
2020-12-28 18:26:07 UTC
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Post by a425couple
Yes. A serious problem.
Every branch of the U.S. Armed Services has "fat boy" platoons or squadrons
in basic training for the sole purpose of running off all the blubber. In
wartime, they'll take ANYONE, even land whales...
Keith Willshaw
2021-01-02 10:29:22 UTC
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Yes.  A serious problem.
Anyone know the current figure for immigrants
in our military?
My nephew joined the Green Howards last year. In the British Army you
have to pass a fitness test just to get in to basic training and if
after 3 to 4 weeks you havent reached the minimum required for active
service you are out on your ear. He is currently at home on leave but
runs every day wearing a weighted vest to keep his fitness levels up.

I see no reason to be concerned how many immigrants are in the army,
nobody asked for the immigration status of the Indian, West African and
Caribbean volunteers who served in the British and Commonwealth forces
in WW2. Nor did anyone concern themselves overly about the women who
were in WAAF AA gun crews in WW2 defending RAF bases. I seem to recall a
lot of Phillipino guerilla's fought the Japanese in WW2.

The biggest problem for British recruiters in 1939 was that in the
aftermath of the great depression many men of military age were unfit
for military service as a result of malnutrition in childhood.
Byker
2021-01-02 17:17:01 UTC
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Post by Keith Willshaw
The biggest problem for British recruiters in 1939 was that in the
aftermath of the great depression many men of military age were unfit for
military service as a result of malnutrition in childhood.
For the U.K. the "Great Slump" began in 1918:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression_in_the_United_Kingdom

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/Great-Depression/

I read somewhere that up to 140 deaths per week
in London alone were malnutrition-related:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1248066/In-search-Arcadia-In-Hungry-1930s-mothers-starved-death-feed-children.html

On this side of the pond, in 1940 one in four draftees was
"underweight" and one in ten was classified as "malnourished"...
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PaxPerPoten
2021-01-02 20:25:14 UTC
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Post by Byker
On this side of the pond, in 1940 one in four draftees was
"underweight" and one in ten was classified as "malnourished"...
A fellow by the name of Silas Spizak tried to join the Navy in 1938 as
he needed a job. They sent him away as being underweight. He borrowed
enough money to buy a stalk of Bananas. Ate all he could hold and went
back to the recruiter. He was 2 lbs under, but they gave him a break and
he entered Navy Service as a Gunners Mate. Dec 7th 1941 he survived the
attack on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. He passed about 8 years ago
and the USS South Dakota Reunion Committee gave Graveside Honors at
Sturgis South Dakota National burying grounds. Not bad for a skinny
little fellow to grow into one of our best.
Byker
2021-01-08 00:04:48 UTC
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Post by Byker
On this side of the pond, in 1940 one in four draftees was
"underweight" and one in ten was classified as "malnourished"...
A couple of goodies regarding Depression-era Britain:





The contrasts between the "classes" is striking...

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