If they can pass for fit and deploy as an infantryman, who cares? The days of the trim,white, 6ft + woodentop are done, all colours, shapes, sizes, genders etc are the future of the infantry. Diversity is the new model of what HM Forces wants to put across to the public, and the Guards Brigade are, well, the most seen, so it is to be expected they will be at the forefront. If my descendant regiment has to take loads of Fijians, the Guards can suck it up and accept some fatties.......
Further to my last, this shouldn't be about the badge and the CO getting all bent out of shape and shouty about phys, this should be about personal and soldierly self respect. It's also about pride in the Regt and Bn. To me, this smacks of exactly the opposite.
And what makes this even worse is the fact that guards regts have such a public profile. Like it or not, they are the most public and obvious face and therefore, representatives of the Army.
They need to take individual responsibility and get a grip of themselves....and that goes for anyone who presumes to call themselves 'Soldier'.
One of the episodes featured a Company doing a pre-HERRICK beat up on Brecon, and I will be kind here if I say that I guess the Coy Cdr's CFT may have been somewhat out of date. Honest to God, he was a fat b@$t@rd, and that's coming from someone in the Light Blue. An infantry officer is paid to look the part, be fit, display leadership and robustness; I dread to think what his troops said about him at NAAFI breaks or beer calls.