Major news sources have reported recently that Soldiers who can’t meet the height-weight-measurement criteria for the military have turned to liposuction as the quick fix for their expanding waistlines.
Pentagon officials say the guidelines, while not new, are being enforced to make sure our Soldiers are “fit to fight.”
Many service members have complained that the guidelines of body-measuring to get rid of flabby personnel unfairly targets Soldiers with muscular builds.
The measurement is often referred to as the "tape test."
Former Army medic, Luke Alphonso, now owner of Luke's Body Transformation in Leesburg, Louisiana, states:
"I was taped every time I had a weigh in; I was over the weight limit but never over the fat percent; however, Body Mass Index (BMI) would be a terrible standard to use.
The Army tape test isn't perfect but other than a 'water bouncy test' its better than BMI which doesn't take into consideration how mass is distributed though out the body."
The Army is using the same standards they were using when I was in. (Retired 2010) The only thing that has changed is the quality of soldiers, these new soldiers are the product of our society, they don't want to work hard, they want the easy fix and that's liposuction.
Department of Defense officials say while liposuction is not condoned, it is also not banned by the military.
The Army does not pay for the procedure.
Failing the “tape test” three times can be grounds for dismissal from the military. The number of Soldiers booted from the Army for failing the requirements has increased tenfold in the last five years.
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