Formerly Known as Freefalling
- Sep 8, 2006
- Not Afghanistan
It's unit and leadership dependent, but when the majority of your population is fat, well it will reflect.
There is a ton of things that have changed over the last 17 years, and OSUT has needed a face lift since I went through. Hell just weapons/equipment, theater TTP's, vehicles and TC3 would eat up 8 weeks. And would greatly increase any new minted Infantryman effectiveness.
They better put the 25 mile footmarch back in the program...all you guys wearing crossed rifles, that didn't do that or the stairway to heaven (the real 12 mile one) are cheaters...
Based on some of the servicemembers I saw in Afghanistan, we don't have a problem eating....
Maybe if you're in the rear with the gear. Not saying there ain't fat guys in the Infantry, but I could swear that the majority fatties are from the support brigades. It's kinda hard to get fat when you're getting fed twice a day and you're having to supplement rations with food sent from home, or acquired locally, to keep your body from cannibalizing itself.I spoke to a guy who had done some work at Ft Mead. His observation was "I didn't know the military let people get that big!"
As an aside, we had to do 25s to get the unit certified by division...At least once a year, maybe twice (memory is getting fuzzy). Division standard was <8hrs, as a company with ruck and gear. Nothing more than other guys did, but they did suck.
Come to California, they said. It'll be fun, they said...