Weight limits designed to screen out unfit Army applicants are excluding some of the strongest candidates and will be relaxed, the MoD says.
Under previous regulations, men with a body mass index (BMI) of over 28 were barred from joining the military.
The threshold has been extended to 32 – two points above the World Health Organisation’s definition of obesity.
This “relaxation” of the “rules” only applies to men:
Meanwhile, the limits for women will remain the same at 28.
This was *after* they realized that “bigger” people were often stronger, and could perform a wider number of roles. Hence, recruiting “bigger” people was in the UK Army’s best interests.
I guess “big” women are just a lot scarier than “big” guys….