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A shock to­tal of al­most 18,000 sol­diers are un­fit for front­line op­er­a­tions, fig­ures have re­vealed.

Many troops have been med­i­cally down­graded af­ter suf fer ing wounds and men­tal health is­sues such as PTSD from fight­ing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But thou­sands more have chronic knee and back prob­lems. Oth­ers have con­di­tions in­clud­ing obe­sity and di­a­betes linked to stodgy cook­house food in­clud­ing fry-ups, chips and pud­dings.

Ris­ing obe­sity is such a con­cern that some units have started fat clubs while per­son­nel have turned to weight-loss tablets and even surgery.

MoD fig­ures show 7890

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sol­diers are classed as “med­i­cally non-de­ploy­able” – mean­ing they can­not go to war.

A fur ther 9971 are “med­i­cally lim­ited”, which means they are un­likely to be sent on op­er­a­tions.

Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion sta­tis­tics also show the RAF and Royal Navy have 10,000 per­son­nel be­tween them


who are not fit for com­bat du­ties.

Britain now has the fewest num­ber of sol­diers f it to serve since the 1700s.

Na­tional Obe­sity Fo­rum chair­man Tam Fry called the fig­ures “very con­cern­ing”.

Ex-Afghanistan c om­man­der Colone l Richard Kemp ac­cused the Gov­ern­ment of be­ing “grossly ir­re­spon­si­ble” for cut­ting mil­i­tary strength.

An Army spokesman said: “The Army are meet­ing all their cur­rent com­mit­ments at home and abroad and have enough peo­ple to do this.”

“Soldier­ing is a de­mand­ing pro­fes­sion and we have a duty of care to­wards our per­son­nel to en­sure they are not de­ployed when un­fit.”

CON­CERN UK sol­diers

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