Of course, all those problems are interrelated. If Americans were stronger, fitting the mold of the ideal man in The Bronze Age Mindset rather than the chubby mold of a Krispy Kreme patron, then perhaps the military would have a larger number of viable recruits. If the military and politicians focused on inculcating masculinity and encouraging young people to quest after greatness, then perhaps they’d be more willing to put in the work necessary to become strong, virile warriors rather than useless bags of body fat and whining opinions.
Whoever’s fault it is, the fact remains that the military isn’t doing well. While issue one is wokeness, a plague that has eroded even the tip of our fighting spear (not to mention the entire shaft of said spear), the other big issue is that there aren’t enough viable recruits.
Somewhat recently I reported on the fact that Americans are too fat to fight. Unfortunately, that problem isn’t going away; the new generation of potential warfighters is no fitter than the generations above them.
In fact, according to Zero Hedge, 71% of Gen Z is too fat to fight.
Here’s what that outlet reported:
“According to the report, almost 71% of those aged 17 to 24 – roughly 24 million out of 34 million people – are ineligible to join the military because of “obesity, lack of high school diploma, or a criminal record,” according to Pentagon data.”
Yikes. Yet worse, rather than focus on fitness in high schools and shaming young men into being masculine, the military is instead releasing a woke series of ads called “The Calling” that target non-traditional soldiers. Here’s what Zero Hedge reported about those ads:
“The videos feature Emma, the self-proclaimed spoiled kid; David, the Hawaiian kid who at first didn’t let himself dream about becoming a pilot; Rickie, who grew up in a religious Haitian family in Florida; Janeen, a singer performing on cruise ships who joined the Reserves with the help of her Vietnam-veteran father; and Jennifer, born to first-generation Dominican immigrants, who worked long hours to make ends meet. -Bloomberg
In order to lure the eligible Gen-Z’ers, the Army will be spending $425 million on marketing, with the goal of recruiting 60,000 to 70,000 active-duty soldiers, along with 40,000-45,000 National Guardsmen, and 13,000 to 17,000 members of the reserve. To do this, prospective recruits will be served content on YouTube via 15-second trailer. If a person watches at least 10 seconds of the ad, they will see a two-to-three minute episode of the recruiting cartoon, followed by an invitation to hop over to the Army’s website.”
Finally, correctly, the article notes that our enemies are laughing at us. Compared to the Russians and Chinese, we’re a weak, pitiful nation full of obese losers. Can you imagine Rome, in its heyday, recruiting legionnaires by telling the story of lesbians raising a good auxiliary or why it’s important to understand the opinions of barbarians? I doubt it. Weakness comes with collapse, not with greatness. These “The Calling” videos show just how weak and near the point of collapse America has gotten.
The only solution is to do the exact opposite of what we’ve been doing. The military, thanks to its embrace of wokeness, might be too far gone. But the youth can still be saved. If you know a Gen Zer, encourage them to work out. To go for a walk, go to the gym, or go for a run. To do something, anything, that will help them get in shape and burn off that belly fat.
It’s shameful and embarrassing how obese and weak America is. If we’re to recover our position in the world, we’ll need to change that.