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US Troops - Too Fat to Fight??

I am not sure if the or the readers read yet ANOTHER article written by the Associated Press describing the overweight soldiers in our military titled “Are U.S. Troops Too Fat to Fight?

Now almost a decade later a new article:  7 out of 10 Youth Would Not Qualify to Serve in the Military.


This problem with overweight / deconditioned youth is nothing new.  Since the mid- 90's, I have been noticing the problem and saw a need for education and fitness of the general population. In fact, I described in some of my first writings that our overweight nation will one day become a strategic issue and could be the difference in a prepared or unprepared military force.  This situation has only worsened in the past 20 years.

The story not only discusses the overweight trends of the active duty and reserve military, but also the recruits who are too heavy to enter into the military.  The military community has always been a cross section of society – good or bad.  These days, as our country increases in size, it is only a matter of time before the military shares the traits of obesity and associated illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer to name a few.

TEN YEARS AGO - A shocking 20% of all male recruits and 40% of female recruits are too heavy to enter into the military ranks.  Basically, the new recruits have to lose weight so they can barely pass the minimum standards in both the height / weight measurements as well as the physical fitness tests.  See PFT for all military branches article for PFT standards the recruits cannot reach:

The problem with having recruits barely passing the minimum standards upon entering military boot camps or services academies is the unneeded stress on the joints of out of shape people, unneeded mental stress of constantly receiving extra attention for being below average, and the unneeded loss of focus the new recruits have when actually learning their military jobs.

Being out of shape is a huge distraction for our recruits and soldiers.  Many of the active duty and reserve soldiers do not make advancement to higher ranks, therefore losing extra pay, benefits, future selection to jobs needed for career advancement.  And, on a far worse level, if the overweight and obesity of our troops is not fixed, we are dealing with a national strategic problem making it difficult to defend America from our enemies.

There are simple answers – eat better and exercise more.  Here is a FREE Beginner 45 Day Plan to get started in the right direction.  It is easy and for those who DO NOT exercise at all!  Read the Stew Smith Archives for more ideas on fitting fitness into your life and read the most recent articles on the Lean Down Diet.  This is a healthy way to burn the fat and keep the muscle so your fitness does not suffer while dieting.

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Published Books / DVDs / APPs

The Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout   |  More info   |  Book only
Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness
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Book / DVD
Maximum Fitness - CrossTraining     |    More Info     |  Book only
The Special Operations Workout     |   More Info     |     Book only
The SWAT Workout - From Recruit to SWAT      |  More Info    |  Book only
The Combat Swimmer Stroke Video     |  More Info   |  Download MP4
The Pre-Habit Workout     |  More Info  |  DVD only

New Fitness APPs Navy SEAL, FBI, Pushup. Pullups   |  More Info    |  APPS

The Complete List of Stew Smith's eBooks / Books:


Fitness for All Levels of Fitness

The 90 Day Beginner Guide to Fitness    |  More Info  |  eBook, Book

Reclaim Your Life - The Erin O'Neill Program     |  More Info   eBook only

Veteran's Fitness - Baby Boomer and a Flat Stomach     |  More Info   eBook only

The Diabetic Prevention Workout   |  More Info   |   eBook only 

The Busy Executive Workout Routine    |  eBook only

Advanced Maintenance and Recovery Program   |  More Info   |  eBook only

The TRX Workout eBook     |  More Info   eBook only

NEW - Circuit Training 101 eBook      |  More Info   eBook only

NEW Obstacle Course Race eBook      |  More Info   eBook only

The Special Forces Physical Fitness Workouts


Combat Conditioning Workout       |  More Info  |  eBook, Book

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1:  Beginner       |  More Info  |    eBook, Book

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3:  Intermediate     |  More Info   eBook, Book


Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT      |  More Info   eBook, Book

Navy SWCC Workout       |  More Info    |    eBook, Book


Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout  | More Info SF /  Ranger  eBook, Book


USMC RECON Workout       |  More Info  |  eBook, Book


Air Force PJ / CCT Workout      |  More Info  |  eBook, Book


The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Workout      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Army Air Assault School Workout     More Info   eBook only


The Army Airborne Workout     More Info   eBook only


NEW - Upper Body Round Robin (UBRR)    More Info   eBook only

NEW - Tactical Fitness Test - Dirty Dozen    |  More Info   |  eBook only


The OCS, ROTC, Service Academy, & Bootcamp Workouts

The USMC IST and PFT Workout      More Info   eBook only


USMC OCS / TBS Workout       |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Service Academy Workout     More Info   eBook, Book


Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout   More Info   eBook, Book


The Army OCS and PFT Workout    More Info   eBook, Book


NEW Army PRT and Combat Readiness Test Workout    More Info   eBook only


The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT    |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Test Workouts


The FBI Academy / PFT Prep Workout (Vol 1 and 2)      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The DEA Prep Workout      More Info   eBook only


The FLETC Prep Workout - Ace the PEB      More Info   eBook, Book


The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT      |  More Info   eBook, Book


The Fire Fighter Workout       |  More Info   eBook, Book





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