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Youth Obesity is a Matter of National Security

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Major General (Ret.) Jeffrey Phillips, Mission: Readiness member and executive director of the Reserve Officers Association, writes in the Military Times about the impact of obesity on the military and the importance of PE and healthy school meals.


Whether or not you consider military service an attractive option, it’s hard to argue against a strong military being essential to America’s security.


Yet the U.S. military faces increasing difficulty finding enough quality recruits to meet its already slimmed-down goals. According to the Pentagon, 71 percent of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible to join the military, primarily because they are too overweight or too poorly educated, or they have a record of serious crime or drug abuse.


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