http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17537883-1702,00.html?from=rss YOUNG Australians are becoming too drugged and too fat to join the military. Overuse of recreational drugs - particularly marijuana - among 15-year-olds and junk food-related obesity are expected to worsen over the next decade, according to an Australian Defence Force (ADF) internal recruiting plan for the next five years, obtained by The Australian. "The high incidence of non-medical drug use among young people (recent studies suggesting up to 50 per cent of 15-year-olds smoke marijuana at least once a month) severely limits the pool of recruitable candidates," the recruiting report said. The childhood obesity problem is "expected to worsen over time as Australian society reflects the phenomenon found in developed nations". The rate is "one of the highest among developed nations", with 25 per cent of children assessed as overweight or obese, up from five per cent in 1965. Increasingly unhealthy lifestyles - coupled with the ageing population and private sector competition - is making it hard for the ADF to attract enough physically and mentally fit recruits to defend the nation, the newspaper says. One in 12 military candidates already fail the physical or mental fitness tests, and overall the ADF fell 1000 short of its recruitment targets last year. By 2010, the ADF could shrink from about 52,000 personnel to 48,500 - significantly below the 55,000-strong force planned by Defence Minister Robert Hill.