After spending 4yrs in the Army I can tell you this is definitely true, but the problem started way before the change in recruit standards in 2006. The majority of the guys I did my basic training with had stacked on 10KG or more after just 1yr of service.
Whilst the over weight troops do have to take the blame for their condition (especially when they do regular physical training and have free access to gym), I think the poor quality of mess food and drinking culture of the ADF play a huge role.
14% of nations troops obese
Sunday, February 22, 2009
More than 7500 of the nation's 53,000 military troops are now classified as obese, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) says.
At least one in seven members of the Australian military is overweight, more than three times the ratio recorded last month by the US military, official figures released show.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that obesity has become 'an issue' for personnel.
The ADF has commissioned its specialist research centre, based at the University of Queensland, to investigate possible causes.
The study is expected to look at the changes to recruiting standards in 2006, when fatter recruits were admitted to 'broaden the selection pool'.
The ADF's obesity rate at the moment is 14 per cent, ADF surgeon-general Major Paul Alexander says.