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Military misfits

Mother Jones reports that the Army has dismissed more military personnel for being gay than for being physically unfit for duty.

According to the magazine’s analysis of Army discharge statistics, 592 enlisted personnel were ejected in fiscal year 2007 to 2008. That’s more than twice the number of soldiers dismissed for excessive body fat or fitness-test failures combined.

“In ’08-09 it was so bad that I had a warrant officer who demanded we get him XXXL flight uniforms,” an active Army officer told Mother Jones. “He couldn’t wear the new (camouflage) pattern ones because they didn’t make them for a guy who was 313 pounds.” The officer added, “Some people really are too big to fail, I guess.”

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