Obesity, A National Security Issue?

   10.19.15

Obesity, A National Security Issue?

Business Insider reports that the biggest single reason for failing to meet the U.S. Army requirements is obesity.

In regards to obesity, Maj, Gen. Allen Batschelet, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, says “we think by 2020 it could be as high as 50%, which mean only 2 in 10 would qualify to join the Army.”

The U.S. Army’s major enlistment requirements include:

  • Ages between 17 and 34 years old
  • Must be U.S. citizen or legal foreign national
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 33 score on Armed Forces Qualification Test
  • No tattoos on fingers, neck, or face
  • No ear gauges
  • No ADHD medication within the past 12 months
  • No felony convictions
  • No persistent illegal drug use
  • No insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Meet height and weight requirements
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