Saturday, February 28, 2009

West Point Struggles To Fill Ranks

An upperclassman leads new cadets over the bridge from Thayer Hall to continue their training in military courtesy, discipline and marching on Reception Day in June at West Point .Times Herald-Record/TOM BUSHEY

From Record Online:

WEST POINT — While the volume of applications to the U.S. Military Academy is on the rise, the number of qualified contenders to choose from is shrinking.

The reason for the disparity isn't grades or test scores or extracurricular accolades. The problem is physical fitness: An increasing number of applicants are out of shape or taking potentially disqualifying medications for conditions such as asthma or attention-deficit disorder.

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My Comment: Obesity .... the scourge of a successful society.

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