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Staying in shape to catch thieves and beat the enemy

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A group of seven women in Leiden were doing an exercise bootcamp in a park when a thief ran off with the instructor’s handbag. The seven women took off after him, and one of the women caught him. While they called the cops, the man got away and the group of women ran after him and caught him again. He was arrested.

Segueing into other bootcamp-related news, Dutch newspaper AD says that about 3,300 Dutch soldiers are not fit enough to go on missions, claiming that one third, 15,500 out of 43,000, do not even show up for their obligatory physical fitness test. The test consists of 20 press-ups (push-ups), 25 sit-ups and being able to run 2,250 metres. Other tests around the world are much harder than this one and even I can do this test easily.

Why bother being in the army if you can’t defend your country because you’re out of shape? The women’s bootcamp in Leiden could run circles around you, losers.

(Link: nos.nl, www.ad.nl, Photo of Getting fit by Fit Approach. Used under the terms of GNU FDL)

3 Comments »

  1. I read elsewhere that passing the military fitness test is a requirement for being mission ready, so ‘accidentally’ failing or missing that test is a nice way to make sure you don’t have to do the dangerous work that us tax payers are actually paying you for.

    Comment by Branko Collin — February 13, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  2. And when did the definition of boot camp change? In the past few years, it seems to have become any physical training, not the initial training you get to get basic skills…

    Comment by dersk — February 13, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  3. Very true, basic training aka bootcamp has become an inflated term.

    Comment by Orangemaster — February 13, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

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