[ISN] Army fitness standards for fat ‘cyber warriors’ may change as U.S. waistlines grow

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/28/army-fitness-standards-for-fat-cyber-warriors-may-/ By Douglas Ernst The Washington Times October 28, 2014 There U.S. Army’s recruitment pool keeps getting bigger — around the waistline — a reality that is forcing its top brass to consider relaxing fitness standards for future “cyber warriors.” Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., recently spoke of the challenges recruiters face in a nation where 70 percent of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to serve. “Today, we need cyber warriors, so we’re starting to recruit for Army Cyber,” Gen. Batschelet toldthe Florida Times-Union Oct. 23. “One of the things we’re considering is that your [mission] as a cyber warrior is different.; Maybe you’re not the Ranger who can do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and run the 2-mile inside of 10 minutes, but you can crack a data system of an enemy. But you’re physically fit, you’re a healthy person and maintain your professional appearance, but we don’t make you have the same physical standards as someone who’s in the Ranger Battalion,” he added. The officer told the paper that successfully implementing such a decision would require the Army to undergo a cultural change that “is kind of a different definition of quality.” […]




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