Otherwise known as Saving Private Bleachy.


Besides terrorists, germ warfare and nuclear weapons, military officials increasingly worry about a different kind of threat ” troops too fat to fight.

Weight issues plague all branches of the military, from elite Marines to the Air Force, often lampooned as the œchair force because of its many sedentary jobs.

Thousands of troops are struggling to lose weight, and thousands have been booted out of the service in recent years because they couldn™t.

However, one of the biggest worries concerns those not even in uniform yet: Nearly 2 out of 10 men and 4 out of 10 women of recruiting age weigh too much to be eligible, a record number for that age group.

œThis is quickly becoming a national security issue for us. The pool of recruits is becoming smaller, said Col. Gaston Bathalon, an Army nutrition expert.

Unless weight rules are relaxed, œwe™re going to have a harder time fielding an Army, he said.

Today™s soldiers are supersized, averaging 37 pounds heavier than their Civil War counterparts. Military officials say that™s not all bad, because most of it is muscle, not fat, and the result of better nutrition. œLarge and in charge makes soldiers look more formidable to the enemy, they note.