Saying “no” to Uncle Sam

Perhaps Australia’s military future is in worse shape than we thought:

“Young Australians are becoming too drugged and too fat to join the military.

“Overuse of recreational drugs – particularly marijuana – among 15-year-olds and junk food-related obesity are expected to worsen over the next decade, according to an Australian Defence Force (ADF) internal recruiting plan for the next five years, it was reported today.

“‘The high incidence of non-medical drug use among young people (recent studies suggesting up to 50 per cent of 15-year-olds smoke marijuana at least once a month) severely limits the pool of recruitable candidates,’ the recruiting report says.”

Less able soldiers to fight imperial wars? Sounds ideal to me. How about a plan to reduce excessive recreational drinking, surely a far worse problem than smoking pot?

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