It’s getting harder and harder to find those few good men and women. From Robert Bridge at strategic-culture.org:
How the U.S. military will find the man power to fill its ranks is a herculean problem that promises to haunt army brass for many years.
Recruitment numbers for the Army are at all-time lows as Americans are either too fat or criminal to defend the nation, an Army general warned. Does this spell impending disaster for the nuclear superpower?
Rome collapsed due to overexpansion of its borders; America, on the other hand, just might collapse due to the overexpansion of its waistline.
Lt. Gen Xavier Brunson, the commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, explained why recruitment is so low following an Army news release that it wouldn’t meet its 485,000 recruitment goal for 2022, falling short by a whopping 20,000 recruits.
‘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,’ Brunson told Spokesman Review.
Here are some sobering statistics with regards to obesity rates in the United States.
All states and territories had more than 20% of adults with obesity. 20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in 3 states (Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts) and the District of Columbia; 25% to less than 30% of adults had obesity in 11 states.
30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 20 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico; 35% or more adults had obesity in 16 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia).