Dip, Doritos and drinking: Why the Army can’t get in shape

March 01, 2023

Since then, the Army has revisited its physical readiness programs repeatedly, seeking to find a cure for poor fitness and obesity. What about the Army lifestyle explains how America’s healthiest 1% can join the Army only to become so unhealthy? Last year AAFES stores posted sales exceeding $5 billion, largely by enabling our addictions to dip, Doritos, and drinking. On every base, AAFES offers tobacco at state minimum prices, deals on candy bars, and alcohol without tax. An AAFES-wide ban could equate to nearly 160,000 soldiers quitting and the Army saving nearly $2 billion in lifetime medical costs alone.