Respect and condolences, but this is shocking: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=682762007 'The report into the death of Private Jason Smith, which has provoked fury from his family, said the 32-year-old weighed 112kg (17st) and was 180cm (6ft) tall, giving him a body mass index of 34 and "putting him at the higher level of obese".' ... 'While Pte Smith was certified as ready for battle, Territorial Army soldiers had to run for only half the distance as their regular army colleagues before passing fitness tests, despite being asked to carry out the same operational duties.' Really? When I was in (late 80's) it was the same BFT as the regulars... what's the point in having a watered down version? Rounded off with: 'STRICT weight limits to screen out the heftiest troops have been relaxed in recent months by the Ministry of Defence. Men with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 28 had been barred from joining the military. But the threshold has been raised to 32, two points above the World Health Organisation's definition of "obese". An inquiry by the National Audit Office found that the armed forces had changed their entry criteria after research found that a third of 16-year-olds would be deemed too overweight.'