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Military Weight Standards

As obesity rates continue to rise in this country, branches of the armed forces are feeling the crunch of not being able to find candidates that meet the set height and weight requirements to serve. Each service branch has its own height and weight requirements for recruits. Soldiers have started taking drastic steps including liposuction, diet pills, laxatives and even starvation to meet military weight standards.

For those wanting to join a branch of the military, you have to fall within the accepted weight range before being allowed to enlist. For those already serving, failure to meet the weight and body fat percentage requirements can result in being passed over for promotions, leadership roles and even job loss. Many soldiers feel that the weight standards are unrealistic and nearly impossible to maintain, which leads to the unhealthy diet practices mentioned. Each branch does have different requirements but we will be examining them all.

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