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    CZECH REPUBLIC Fatty army to go on a diet

    There is no underestimating the weight of the Czech military. “The soldiers are too fat and will have to be given medical treatment,” reports Lidové noviny. According to a study based on medical visits in 2010, half of the 22,000 professional soldiers that are supposed to defend the country are overweight, and one in seven is obese. An order has now been issued for the launch of a “chemical” programme to combat the phenomenon, which is to cost 33 euros per month and per soldier. “Instructing the army to take more physical exercise would have been a more natural and less costly option for the state,” remarks one military doctor quoted by Lidové noviny. The Prague daily also points out that “in a conscription based army, the condition of the soldiers would reflect a slightly soft sample of the general population.” However, in 2004 the Czech Republic established a professional army supposed to have “the honour, responsibility and habits of professional” soldiers. That said, weighty troops are nothing new. The newspaper points out that under Austrian-Hungarian empire, the typical soldier had much in common with “the piggish Baloun” who devoured his lieutenant’s dinner, in the novel The Good Soldier Švejk.

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    I remember that few years ago I read a similar article for German soldiers, as well.

    Is it common in other (European) armies as well?
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    Nah. If there's fat guys, it's usually in logistics, or tanks.
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    But since combat arms are minority,the ones you see more often are REMFS.
    Doc,most EU armies are just another public employer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightowl View Post
    Nah. If there's fat guys, it's usually in logistics, or tanks.
    Does it make them kamikazes? No way they can go out fast in case of emergency lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Does it make them kamikazes? No way they can go out fast in case of emergency lol
    You'd be surprised at how fast and easily people can squeeze through confined spaces and small openings during emergencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Does it make them kamikazes? No way they can go out fast in case of emergency lol
    Depends. Leopard tanks have a drop hatch on the bottom for emergency exiting. Driver can be out in seconds.

    Plus with the heavy equipment is nice to have big guys :P
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