Fat Camp for Army Recruits

I’ve always thought of Army Boot Camp as a good example of transformation design, but this comes as a surprise. From the AP wire: Top Army recruiter weighs fat camp for recruits.

The Army has been dismissing so many overweight applicants that its top recruiter [Maj. Gen. Thomas Bostick], trying to keep troop numbers up in wartime, is considering starting a fat farm to transform chubby trainees into svelte soldiers.

According to Defense Department figures provided to the AP, over the past four years 47,447 potential recruits flunked induction physicals at the nation’s 35 Military Entrance Processing Stations because they were overweight.

“It took them 18 years to get to where they are at, so it’s very difficult for them to lose the kind of weight that they need to on their own,” said Bostick, who did not provide any timing for when his idea might reach fruition, nor any projection of its potential cost.

Private weight loss camps have been around since the 1960s, but this is the first institutional response I’ve seen to obesity since the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

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