Fatboy slim


I think I’ve mentioned before that I hated recruiting.  I met a lot of great people, but so much of the job was a pain.  Finding people that wanted to join the Army wasn’t much of a challenge. Finding qualified people that wanted to join was a huge challenge.

I talked to a lot of people every day (which was a challenge in and of itself- I’m not the most outgoing person) and even a lot of people that were seemingly a good fit for service were, for one reason or another, ineligible.

There’s only a limited pool of potential recruits, and it isn’t as big as you may think. First, the target market, people from 18 up until their mid-20s isn’t the largest demographic in the country. Then, add in minor things like having a high school diploma, being physically and medically qualified, having a clean (enough) criminal record and passing the ASVAB test. Pretty soon, you’ve whittled down the pool even further. How much.

According to Wired Magazine, as much as 75% of the demographic is unqualified. Ouch. Fatboys seem to be the biggest component of that.

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  1. Kevin

    Back in ’78 they signed me up 20 pounds overweight, and sweated it all off plus ten more for good luck in eight weeks at Fort Leonard Wood. I refuse to believe the Army can’t do that with enough of these young butterballs; they just don’t want to make the effort.

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  2. Kevin, the kids today are even worse off. And they are more likely to be injured in training. There are programs afoot to deal with some fatbodies, but it’s a lot of expense and time.

    Oddly, I went the other direction. They worked hard to plump me up when I came in.

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  3. GaigeM

    Maybe the likely currency collapse will be a good thing? A few years with lower caloric intake would probably do most of our nation some good.

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