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Citadel study found that Army recruits from southern states are less fit, more likely to be injured

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According to a research study released earlier this month by The Citadel, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Public Health Center and the American Heart Association, the fitness level of U.S. Army recruits from 10 southern states poses concerns regarding readiness and national security.

The study found that recruits from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are significantly less fit, and consequently are more likely to encounter training related injuries than recruits from other states.

Male and female recruits from these states are 22 to 28 percent more likely to be injured.

These states also make up the Army’s top recruiting region.

The study also found that 27 percent of Americans between 17 to 24-years old are too overweight to qualify for military service.

The study also states that 47 percent of males and 59 percent of females failed the Army’s entry-level physical fitness test while entering basic training.

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