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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 9:36 p.m. PST

… $1 USD billion a year

"That sailor getting an extra piece of cake in the galley or the soldier stretching the limits of his or her uniform buttons are apparently costing the Pentagon a hefty chunk of change, according to a report issued this month by the Congressional Research Service.

How much exactly? More than $1.2 USD billion each year in "higher healthcare spending and lower productivity," according to the report, which references a study describing a "link between those with high weight and body fat and lower job performance in some military occupations."…"
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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 10:07 p.m. PST

Imagine how that is affecting the rest of the rest of the economy, which has no physical training requirement!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 11:47 p.m. PST

That is bad, but I'd also like to know how much overburdening our troops in the field with kit, ammo, and weapons which when totaled up may weigh more than they do, causes injuries, or permanent disabilities too?

I suspect that number would be shocking as well, for all the blown hips, knees, and ankles, bad backs, etc., etc..

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2021 3:25 a.m. PST

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 10:52 a.m. PST



Raynman Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2021 8:13 p.m. PST

I stepped on the scale with all my kit on when I was deployed. I weighed over 325 pounds. That was just my go to war kit, not the extra 2 duffle bags and large alice pack of extra stuff. There is a reason why many army guys have bad backs and knees, and carrying all that stuff is why.

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