Earlier today, a press release was posted on the website of the Pentagon news service titled Why today’s ‘Gen Z’ is at risk of injury in training. That is very funny.
Major Jon-Marc Thibodeau, a man who can talk to a generation of children two years into the future, said: “The soldier skeleton of the ‘Nintendo Generation’ was not sturdy due to pre-arrival activity, so some of them are more brittle. pandemic lockdown/isolation while also confusing them with the actual ‘Nintendo Generation’ who are now in their 40s.
Of course that doesn’t mean their entire skeleton is broken. That would be crazy. Instead, he simply mentioned some parts their skeletons, such as fall fractures and stress fractures, with most injuries occurring from “overuse” and affecting the “lower extremities”.
The press release itself is equally condescending, saying things like “Rookies today lead a much more sedentary lifestyle than previous generations, leaving their skeletons more susceptible to injury because they’re not used to the kind of intense activity they’re going to face basic training for.”
I said this is funny because a) this man sure can talk/care a lot about skeletons are still inside living people, which is strange, and b) this is an old story, and I find it interesting that the military and government continue to be surprised by the poor recruitment standards when they, better than anyone else, should be able to gauge the health of the broader society of which they are a part, and in particular those of whom they are more likely to be attracted with advertising row!
There are military records complaining about the lousy quality of recruits from afar like we have military records. Whether it was the medieval taxes levied from malnourished farmers on the poor physical health of World War I participants who had grown up in the slums industrialization, this is neither a new problem nor a new complaint, and blaming the physical “weakness” of these rookies is superficial amusement, not are the broader socioeconomic systems that led to this moment in the first place, known as “doing your job badly”.
If your current training program is literally breaking people’s legs, and your only job is to train whatever comes, maybe… change your training program?
https://kotaku.com/the-nintendo-generation-have-weak-skeletons-us-army-we-1848585811 ‘Nintendo generation’ has weak skeletons, says the army is eccentric