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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    I read the story, it emulates Michelle Obama's healthy nutrition initiative, I guess you ARE ALL FOR THAT NOW, AREN'T YOU?

    Are you "contending" soldiers cannot "serve" because their diet isn't "Healthy"? that is the stupidest thing I've heard YET!!!!

    And taking "casual exception" like an arm chair warrior is really revolting, really it is.
    What the fuck is up with you and the person attack mission upon me? I didn't say anything about Michelle Obama's healthy nutrition option, nor did I say anything about these soldiers not being able to serve. Did I? Are you not able to read? I posted the story. In the story, it says that 13% of the soldiers are obese. It also says that the Army has more obese Soldiers than ever before. That is the story on the Army's website. I linked it, you can read it yourself.

    I have not disparaged our military in any way by posting this story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    By military standards 13% of the soldiers are obese. Do you not think this is a problem? For some reason you said that the story was not about obesity in the military. I can only guess that you didn't read the story or the quote.
    What strikes me is when I was young, most that served remained active and healthy decades after leaving. I remember a neighbor who was a Marine for 4 years when he was 18 and yet at 50 he still looked recognizable as a Marine. Today I have seen local men who served in Iraq or Afghanistan for 4 years and just 5 years later are overweight, unhealthy and obese. That's problematic. Many used to say serving was part of a lifestyle that included fitness and eating healthy for life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
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    There is a real topic here. Please stop the personal attacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    What strikes me is when I was young, most that served remained active and healthy decades after leaving. I remember a neighbor who was a Marine for 4 years when he was 18 and yet at 50 he still looked recognizable as a Marine. Today I have seen local men who served in Iraq or Afghanistan for 4 years and just 5 years later are overweight, unhealthy and obese. That's problematic. Many used to say serving was part of a lifestyle that included fitness and eating healthy for life.
    It's been over a decade since I retired, I still wake up bright and early each day. Even when I try to sleep in, it just isn't going to happen. When I was getting ready for BASIC training, I had a problem that not many had... I missed the weight requirements for being underweight. That's right, I had to weigh 150 lbs and no matter what I did, I could not hit that mark. The recruiter stuffed me full of bananas and chocolate milk, and a doctor looked at the scale's needle from an angle. Last year, I reached the heaviest that I have ever been, just under 250 lbs at 6'1". I dieted and got back to 182 lbs where I feel comfortable.

    The service was big on those weigh ins when I was serving. Anyone who didn't meet weigh in, had to go for the pinch test where they measured body fat. If your BMI was over, you could be stopped from reenlisting or even chaptered out. A lot has changed in the military. When I was in, PT was a unit function. That has changed in many units. Now, soldiers will have to log what activity they did for their physical training. I do not know how well this is monitored. Falling out of a five mile morning run was not acceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    That looks like prison food. When I was in the Army, we had our own cooks and suppliers, we ate pretty damn good in the mess hall. I guess now it is all contracted out to the lowest bidder?
    Hell, I was in the Air Force, how appalled do you think I was to see that!?



    Looks like something they scraped off the bottom of the pot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Hell, I was in the Air Force, how appalled do you think I was to see that!?

    Looks like something they scraped off the bottom of the pot!
    When I was serving the Air Force always had better food. While stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I ate more meals at McGuire AFB than at Dix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    When I was serving the Air Force always had better food. While stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I ate more meals at McGuire AFB than at Dix.
    An old friend of mine who went overseas during Vietnam (he was in supply) said he always made some excuse to be over at the Air Force base around chow time, lol.

    From what I understand, the services were each coming around to realizing food is very important to a troop, we put up with an awful lot of shit, don't expect us to eat it too!

    So I heard the Army chow was improving, I remember a recruiter stating that "Gomer Pyle" and "Mash" was a huge detriment to recruiting, mostly because they depicted slop for food.

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    One thing that I've never understood and it drives me crazy is that our dining facilities (they hate it when we call it a Mess Hall or Chow Hall) here in the United States on Army bases are run and operated by civilians. When I was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, where they train Army cooks, the dining facilities on base were run by Rice Services, a contractor. Most places that I was stationed overseas it was not that way but here in CONUS it was.

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    Any possibility that the addition of an obese Commander in Chief just raised the average weight of the entire military to now appear more out of shape than before?
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    Hey, maybe they can call in Michelle Obama.
    She did a good job promoting Congress's new
    guidelines for school lunches.....in spite of the screeching
    from the howler monkey conservatives.

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