Too Fat to Fight? German Troops Overweight, Filled With Beer

The extra calories from beer are weighing down German troops fighting in Afghanistan. American and British troops have strict orders to stay sober in that country, but the Germans get to drink two pints a day.


Germany's parliament has looked into how a lack-of-alcohol ban has impacted the mission. The Times of London reports that the investigation revealed that in 2007 the 3,500 troops in Afghanistan drank 1.7 million pints of beer and 90,000 bottles of wine. These new findings help explain an earlier report that showed 40 percent of German soldiers were overweight, a significantly higher figure than the general German population rate.

Government restrictions mean German soldiers participate in passive operations in Afghanistan, and apparently the government will not use the word for "war" in press statements about the effort there. Do you think Germany's cautious war policy has made the troops more passive? Either way, I'm sure life in Afghanistan isn't one big happy hour.

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