Army's New Health Training Nixes Fat on the Frontline

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United States Army recruits will soon see healthier food options on base as the military revamps basic training to focus more on fitness and diet.

The "Soldier Athlete" initiative is to get troops into better shape my implementing improved nutritional habits from day one.

"We are seeing many soldiers entering our profession who need phased conditioning methods and improved nutritional habits," said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

"This is not [just] an Army problem," he continued. "This is a civilian problem that we're receiving, and fixing."

Five mile runs and bayonet drills will be replaced with core strength workouts with athletic trainers. Physical therapists will also be available.

Milk and juice will replace soda fountains in mess halls, and whole grains will substitute white bread and pasta.

The program will be tested at five of the Army's main training installations.

This is the first change made to the Army's training regimen in 30 years.

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