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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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joerginlondon joerginlondon 8 years
Hi, this is my 2 pence: 1. I am a active German Army Officer for 20 years now. I´ve served several times on the Balkans and in Afghanistan together with US, British and other NATO Forces. One of my best friends is a active (US) Army Officer who has serverd within the IRAK as (lucky we where) we both served in AFG the same time…. 2. Yes, german soldiers are allowed to have a max. of 2 cans of beer per day. But only when they are off shift and only inside the camp. They still face disciplinary action whenever they are just near to be drunk (which could happen quite easy in such climate – dehydration), even if they just had their 2 cans. So “Cupcakechatter” is right with what he says. Be responsible and know ur limits. 3. I´ve met a lot of British AND US soldiers and officers who, at night/ late evenings came (sneaking) to the GE Canteen asking for a beer or the less fearless were asking their GE comrades to bring them a beer….In both cases GE regulations would´nt allow GE soldiers to do so – but they gave a shit….we are all human – are´nt we? 4. GE troops not fighting in the east or south of afghanistan is not because the soldiers resist to do so or that they are not able to fight (what a laugh) – it´s GE politicians who are feared to death about bad public relations within Germany (After 50 years of educating Germany to be a peacefull nation – I tell you it worked out quite nice!). GE Gov officials still name the Afghanistan operations “human aid” not “War”!! 5. I enjoyed US Army meals (within Army dining facilities as well as US MRE´s) Be told that GE Forces regulations concerning the max/ min calories as well as the “health factor” trough fruits, veggies and their freshness are a lot more strict then the US are. If I still get this right: A US Army (Forces?) Breakfast contains the whole daily amount of fat and calories given by GE Army regulations (But it still taste fantastic, lol). 6. The average GE soldier is as healthy and physical fit as the US or British soldier. But there is a differnce within the goal: While US Armys (except Special Forces) do a lot more for physical strenght (Bodybuilding), GE Armys aim is more on condition (long runs and marches). I know US Rangers do the same….. Well, sry to be such a pain in the ***, but I´ve got the feeling this had to be said……
CUPCAKEchatter CUPCAKEchatter 8 years
I believe they have the right to drink but they should be responsible and know their limits.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
hahahahahahahhaha that must hurt !
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i'm too fat to care if these soldiers are too fat. how's that.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
BTW, a long time ago Bush visited an Army base in Iraq and I remember him looking out on the crowd and saying "How y'all doing?" (big cheer) then "Looks like you've got enough to eat!" Ouch.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Thats crazy. At least Americans try to respect the no alcohol thing, if we can't have it, no one should be able to have it. Honestly if they are out of shape then I'd rather they just not be there at all, its pretty embarassing to their country and they probably just get in our way if they can't move out of the way fast enough.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Or maybe the germans are just fat and cant shoot.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Agreed, Steph. But I've been drinking for about 3 hours now, so maybe I shouldn't post.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Well duh!
laurelm laurelm 8 years
If you arent fit, whether it would be from beer or gorging yourself on food, you are not fit to serve. Do they not have standards like that in the German army? Yeah stephley, I dont think there is a method- "A trial is currently underway in the German courts following an incident in which German soldiers opened fire on a car that approached a checkpoint believing it contained a suicide bomb - several civilians died in the incident "
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
As a German-American, beer loving, generally pro-war guy, I really don't know what kind of opinion to have here.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I'm not sure I could make it on two pints a day.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yeah drunk fighting, always a good idea!!
stephley stephley 8 years
Maybe there's a method to the German's madness... "US forces have been very frustrated by the caution of German rules of engagement - German troops operating alongside US forces have refused to open fire on occasion for fear of causing civilian casualties."
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