Being fat can hinder your life in many ways: finding clothes that fit, your health, and your degree of attractiveness to the opposite sex. But it can also stop you from joining the U.S. Military. However, some guys are so desperate to enlist that they're finding ways around the dreaded "tape test" that measures body fat. Wannabe soldiers are getting liposuction to cure their overweight blues, the Associated Pressreports.
People who want to join the Military are forced to have their body fat tested out by a placing a tape measurer against their shirtless body. If they're deemed too fat, they have to go to a special bootcamp called the "Pork Chop Platoon" to work off the weight. Unfortunately, this isn't an all-you-can-eat buffet of fried pork chops, but a program that's designed specifically for overweight military members.
Instead of joining the dreaded "Pork Chop Platoon," some guys are calling plastic surgeon Adam Tattelbaum, who is based in Maryland. “They come in panicked about being kicked out or getting a demerit that will hurt their chances at a promotion,” he told the AP.
Some are complaining that the test is outdated, and not allowing dudes who are just bigger and bulkier to join their preferred branch of the Military. There had been a rise in people being kicked out of the Military for being overweight, but those numbers have started to dip. Maybe they're eating more salads or getting a nip and tuck.
[via Washington Post]