KRG combats obesity among its military ranks, overweight officers to be retired

11/12/2022 1:39:54 PM
 Obese Iraqi officers.
 photo: KurdSat English
Following a regulation by the Iraqi defense ministry, the code would also be adopted by the Kurdistan region starting from Monday.

A member of the Security and Defense Committee of the Iraqi House of Representatives, Karim Shukur, told Kurdsat English, "weight of officers of Iraqi defense ministry would be calculated begin on Monday, November 14, 2022 and would take two weeks, overweight officers would have to go on weight-loss course and would be retired if they fail to lose weight."

He noted that the decision also covers officers of the two military colleges in the Kurdistan region that fall under the jurisdiction of the Defense Ministry. The Kurdistan region is home to two military colleges, one in Sulaimani’s Qalachwalan region and the other in Zakho in Duhok.

Ministry of Defense will send several other military trainers to the colleges to train the students of the military courses to replace the college’s trainers as they would have to go on weight tests and probably weight-loss training. It helps the military colleges in the Kurdistan region to continue their classes. The weight loss regulation would not cover recruits as they have filled the criteria before admission. 

Obesity among the military ranks in the Kurdistan region and Iraq has become one of the defining features of Iraqi defense forces.

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