Dare We Call It Coincidence?

by Joshua Foust on 3/5/2008

The German duality on Afghanistan has long been a mystery: there seems some realization that the mission there is a worthy one, yet the deployment itself has been fraught with scandal—and even more importantly, the German caveats on its soldiers have all but crippled the force, preventing its movement to and participation in any of the “heavy lifting” assignments in the South.

Indeed it is something of a mystery. Until now, perhaps?

Some 40 percent of German soldiers are overweight, according to a parliamentary report presented on Tuesday. The report also says German military personnel smoke to much.

German soldiers are too fat, don’t take enough exercise and smoke too much, according to an annual parliamentary report on the state of the country’s armed services.

The report, due to be presented later on Tuesday, said that 40 percent of all army personnel are overweight, compared with 35 percent among civilians.

Pardon me for assuming the German soldier has a comparatively easy lot in life.

WTF w/the Germans?
The Germans must kill.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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