Assuming we eventually get entangled in a peer/near-peer war against Russia and/or China in the near future, who is going to do the fighting?
From the article…
It’s no secret that the U.S. military is struggling to find people who are fit for service these days. Maintaining health and wellness among its existing members has also become a challenge.
A Department of Defense report cited during a Feb. 16 congressional hearing offered a hard pill to swallow: 77 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unqualified physically to enter the armed forces. That’s a 6 percent increase from 2017, which has added to the struggle to find new recruits in every branch of the military.
One of the major hurdles recruiters now face is obesity, which has become a dominant health challenge for Americans. As of 2020, the prevalence of obesity in the adult population hit nearly 42 percent.
In addition, research shows that government food subsidies are a significant contributing factor.
One 2022 study found a link between receiving food assistance and a greater chance of becoming obese through the consumption of unhealthy foods. That’s especially true for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
My wife and I talked about this last night. Whatever your opinion of the food stamp/SNAP program, it seems to make no sense to allow people to spend their free food bux on Snickers, Doritos and Mountain Dew. Those aren’t “food”, they are just obesity and diabetes in a can/wrapper. The only way it makes sense is for the sugar lobby that pushes for sugar in every possible food. Just look at almost anything in your pantry or fridge and you will likely find sugar as an ingredient.
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In September 2022, a U.S. Army general bluntly said that young Americans are either too obese, too sick, or too criminal to serve in the military.
“Some of the challenges we have are obesity, we have pre-existing medical conditions, we have behavioral health problems, we have criminality, people with felonies, and we have drug use,” Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington….
…..“Each year, more than $60 million goes toward replacing the 1,200-plus first-term enlistees discharged for excess weight,” Irina Tsukerman, a security analyst and the owner of Scarab Rising, told The Epoch Times.
She said high obesity rates have narrowed the recruiting pool considerably, coupled with “falling intelligence and education standards.” She also noted that, along with reduced resiliency and flexibility, the military is less prepared to meet “asymmetrical or conventional challenges.”
Too criminal, too fat, too stupid. Well, isn’t that quite a slogan. Sure as shit beats “Be all you can be”. Look at this picture from the article.
That fat fuck in the front looks like Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket. Sure, I couldn’t meet the basic requirements to enlist but I am in my 50s. When I was of prime recruitment age, 17-24? I was pretty close to the minimum body fat, was strong as hell and could run forever. At 51 I am still in better shape than a significant percentage of younger people I see today. Geez, who do you have to piss off to get assigned to Army fat camp, running a program to try to get 350 La’quisha to the point where she could meet the already diminished minimum standards?
When World War II broke out and the U.S. started drafting men, we had a country full of young guys who were in pretty decent shape and could shoot. Most were incredibly motivated to go fight. One of the most powerful moments in HBO’s Band Of Brothers was one of the vets recalling that in his little town 3 guys were 4F, meaning they were physically disqualified from going, and those men were so distraught that they killed themselves.
Today most of a graduating high school class anywhere in the country wouldn’t be qualified and most wouldn’t care. I knew an old WW II veteran when I lived in northern Michigan, he and his brother were tool and die guys or some kind of machinist and weren’t allowed to enlist because they were needed to make armaments but they lied to try to get in, got caught one place but eventually snuck into the Navy where they were on (I think) dive bombers in the Pacific. Different times indeed and that is largely the result of different people living here. Do you think it is a coincidence that so many recruits are just too unintelligent?
We keep poking the bear and the dragon, but when they poke back how are we supposed to fight a real war with a bunch of lardasses who can’t hump a pack the length of a football field? I am glad Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey isn’t around to see what has become of America.