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REPORT: More U.S. Soldiers Turning To Liposuction to Pass "Tape Test"

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According to an Associated Press report, some military personnel are turning to liposuction to remove extra body fat from their waistline in order to pass the Pentagon's body fat test. 

The "tape test" estimates body fat by taking a measurement of a person's neck and waist. The proportion is then calculated to determine a soldier's fitness level. Failure of the test can delay promotions and those who fail three times can serve as grounds for dismissal. 

The number of Army soldiers booted for being overweight has jumped tenfold in the past five years from 168 in 2008 to 1,815. In the Marine Corps, the figure nearly doubled from 102 in 2010 to 186 in 2011 but dropped to 132 last year.

With the cuts in federal spending, more soldiers have become concerned about the test because of the potential impact it could have on their careers. As one fitness expert stated, "Ninety percent of athletes who play in the NFL are going to fail the tape test because it's made for a normal population, not big guys. We're sending people away who could be amazing soldiers just because of two pieces of tape."

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