The Air Force gets ‘bigger’ as it expands body fat requirements to attract new recruits

As it struggles with recruitment, the woke Air Force has decided in its wisdom to settle for second best by accepting applicants with a higher body fat percentage, opting for a “bigger” force instead of a “stronger” one while our enemies laugh themselves senseless.

The reasoning for this is that there are reportedly fewer acceptable recruits because of an obesity surge among young Americans. So instead of solving that problem, they have just decided to accept overweight recruits. That in itself is a potential national security threat when you look at the continuing feminization and weakening of the US military in a time of war.

Male recruits are now allowed to have up to 26% body fat, up from the previous requirement of 20%, while females can have 36%, up from the previous max of 28%, according to Air Force Recruiting Service spokeswoman Leslie Brown who spoke with Fox News Digital.

The Air Force is looking to open the aperture on qualifying a broader pool of young Americans for service in the Air Force. These changes bring the Air Force in line with DOD policy,” Brown said in a statement. “While recruits will be allowed to join with greater body fat percentages, they will still be expected to meet the same fitness standards as everyone else to stay in the service. That means meeting the waist-to-height ratio requirement the Air Force announced in January and implemented this month.”

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendal announced in March that the military service branch is expected to miss its active-duty recruiting goal by 10% this year. That’s even after it pulled in delayed-entry applicants to meet last year’s goal, according to Military.com.

Brown asserts that the new body fat standards are “just one of several initiatives being worked by a cross-functional team to be able to reach a bigger pool of candidates without lowering our standards of recruiting the best Americans to serve our nation.”

“We are recruiting today’s generation, not my generation who joined more than 30 years ago, where a tattoo may have been taboo but is now a societal norm,” she added. “Or where youth now live a more sedentary lifestyle than before – we can take those new recruits and can promote physical fitness and overall healthier living decisions into their everyday routines as Airmen.”

Brown also said the new changes will allow up to 100 more recruits to join the Air Force each month.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for once got it right and pointed out that the obesity issue among American youth is “impacting national security.” Just over one out of every three young adults aged 17-24 are too heavy to serve in the military currently.

“Among the young adults who meet weight requirements, only 3 in 4 report physical activity levels that prepare them for challenges in basic training,” the agency also said.

The CDC estimates that 19% of active-duty service members are obese as of 2020 which is up from 16% in 2015. The organization goes on to note that as of 2018, 71% of young people in the US would not be able to join the military even if they wanted to, which most no longer do under the current regime.

US Army Lt. Gen Mark Herling said in a statement that “The military has experienced increasing difficulty in recruiting soldiers as a result of physical inactivity, obesity, and malnutrition among our nation’s youth.”

The Air Force is following in the misguided footsteps of the Army which announced in January the expansion of a pre-basic training course that lets candidates enlist who do not meet the weight and aptitude requirements of the military branch.

“The Future Soldier Prep Course is giving young Americans who want to serve the chance to do so by helping them not only meet our standards but, in many cases, rise above them,” Gen. James McConville, who is the Army’s top officer, stated.

The Air Force also allowed at least 43 recruits who tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to join earlier this year under a pilot program that allowed THC-positive recruits to wait and retest.

Other incentives for service include up to $65,000 in student loan debt repayment, according to Military.com.

“I can’t stress enough: We are not lowering our standards, but rather we are aligning our standards with the overall DoD policy,” Brown equivocated.

 

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