U.S. Army Says America's Youth Have Become Fat and Dumb
NORTH CAROLINA — October 17, 2018
U.S. Air Force representatives have openly admitted for the first time that American youth have become fat and dumb. A recent analysis showed that most soldiers are not prepared for real war operations.
A bipartisan organization of 750 retired generals and admirals is sounding the alarm on the state of America’s youth. They were published last week, detailing the dire straits facing military recruiters.
According to the report, titled "Unhealthy and Unprepared," an estimated 71% of all young people in the U.S. between the ages of 17 and 24 do not qualify for military service.
Obesity disqualifies about 31% of youth, the report specified.
In addition, it is noted the Army fell short of its recruiting goal this year for the first time since 2005, and that these recruiting challenges will continue unless measures are taken to encourage a healthy lifestyle beginning from a young age.
In North Carolina, an estimated 72% of the population is ineligible to join the military, due to being overweight, lacking adequate education or having a history of crime or drug use.
The new report was unveiled Wednesday by a group of retired officers and Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, the commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
Retired Lt. Gen. Samuel Ebbesen said: "Readiness has been warning the country about the impact of obesity on national security for nearly a decade."
He added that the issue is already critical, and something must be done to save the nation’s future defense.
"We know that the military cannot solve this problem on its own," added retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr. "Children as young as 2 are experiencing rising obesity rates, and these rates increase with age. This demonstrates the need for obesity prevention beginning very early in life and continuing through high school and beyond."
The report discusses how focusing on nutrition and physical activity from a young age can help children grow up to be healthy and prepared for any career that they choose. Good nutrition and physical activity are crucial components to ensure that children grow up healthy and that those who are willing to serve are prepared to meet the military’s eligibility requirements.
"Unhealthy and Unprepared" advocates for programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity, both at school and at home. Officials said healthy lifestyles must be encouraged early in life.
The report paints a bleak picture of the state of the nation’s youth and said the ineligibility of potential recruits was a large reason the Army failed to meet its recruitment goal last year.
The report notes that of the remaining 29% of eligible youth, only 17% would qualify for active duty, and only 13% would achieve a satisfactory score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test.
And while the recruitable population declines, so too does interest in military service.
Last year, just 11% of 16-24-year-olds said they would definitely or probably serve in the military in the coming years — down from 13% in 2016.