MIL YOUNG Australians are becoming too drugged and too fat to join the military

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  1. 202 Stroker

    202 Stroker We watch the lightning crack over cane fields ..

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    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.
     
  2. 202 Stroker

    202 Stroker We watch the lightning crack over cane fields ..

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    Yeah , that's not a issue really, the last threat we had was a some japanese subs in WW2
    Maybe 100 years ago that would be true, but like any country these days, we're as multi-cultral as the US or England, etc ..

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    Yet no mention of how bloody poorly they run recruitment. :rolleyes:
     
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    You must not look at the crop of teenagers here in America do you ? We're almost as bad if not worse. I see our military being in real trouble in another 10or so yrs if something doesnt change. Not only that but so many parents preach AGAINST military service nowadays as well.
     
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    hmm I thought the australian army was bigger than that.. unless "ADF" doesn't include reserves? not that there would be anything wrong with an army of that size, the Canadian army, reserves included, are about 60,000 strong.
     
  6. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    God bless McDonalds.
     

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