The army may be starting to adopt a new motto that producing quality recruits starts at dinner.
Mess halls in basic training camps around the nation are ousting soda fountains in favor of milk and juice dispensers and whole grains are being substituted for white bread and pasta.
Not only is the army changing the diet of their new recruits, but their training exercises as well.
Army leaders unveiled the new approach Wednesday at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood.
Outdated exercises such as bayonet drills are being eliminated in favor of core strength workouts more commonly practiced in the aerobics studio, while also focusing on training soldiers much like elite atheletes are trained.
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, commented on the rising levels of obesity in the country:
"This is not (just) an Army problem, this is a civilian problem that we're receiving and fixing."
A former West Point swimmer and current triatholon athelete, he goes on to say:
"We've changed from feeding soldiers to fueling the tactical athlete"
Looks like America's anti-obesity movement may be full swing with not only Michelle Obama and school districts taking the fight to the public, but now the Army joining the battle against the epidemic.
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