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#22 Apr 23, 2012
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-m...
Navy helps recruits get shipshape
Remedial program targets those who fail boot camp fitness tests.
Mason Hawks came to Naval Station Great Lakes in January for eight weeks of basic training. Thirteen weeks later, long after the rest of his division had graduated, he was still there, unable to get over a hurdle that stymies hundreds of recruits each year: He couldn't run 11/2 miles fast enough.
The former electronics installer from Carthage, N.C., had failed 11 times to finish under 13 minutes, 30 seconds, and he knew that sooner or later, the Navy's patience would end. It costs $180 a day to house and feed a recruit at Great Lakes, and if Hawks couldn't pass the fitness test, there was no reason to keep him around.
His 12th attempt came April 16. Hawks, a lean and pale 20-year-old with chunky black eyeglasses, started strong, bounding confidently around the padded indoor track. But little by little, the pain etched itself on his face, and with two laps remaining, his mouth twisted into a grimace. He put his hands on his head and slowed to a walk.
"No!" shouted a chorus of trainers running alongside him. "Sprint! Sprint as fast as you can!"
Hawks gulped a few deep breaths. Then, as the seconds ticked away mercilessly on a digital clock, he forced his legs back into a jog.
So it goes inside Fitness Improvement Training, or FIT, a Navy program designed to whip severely out-of-shape young men and women into condition. Recruits who have spent years — or lifetimes — adhered to the couch come here when even the rigors of boot camp fail to bring them up to the service's minimum standard of strength and cardiovascular fitness.
The training, which Great Lakes officials say has a more than 90 percent success rate, mixes old-school military discipline with new-age nurturing. It aims not only to push recruits out of boot camp but to help them conquer poor eating and exercise habits that could hurt their careers.
"We're a military organization, and we have warriors," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who recently announced more exacting physical standards for the service's personnel, told the Tribune. "You may have a desk job and a shore billet today, but the way your career in the Navy works, you're going back to sea on a very routine basis. If you lose that culture of fitness, you might never get it back, and it's going to be much harder when you go back to sea."
Simply to make it to Great Lakes, a male recruit generally can have no more than 22 percent body fat, while a female cannot exceed 33 percent. That rules out a substantial portion of young Americans: The average 19-year-old male has 23 percent body fat, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, while the average female is at 35 percent.
But many who get through the initial screening are still in poor condition. Senior Chief Nathan Cann, the man in charge of the Great Lakes program, said up to 70 percent of the roughly 37,000 recruits who come to the base each year fail their first fitness test, mostly because of the run (push-ups and abdominal curl-ups pose much less of a problem, he said).
The exertion of boot camp is enough to get most recruits into shape, but about 5 percent end up needing extra help. Josue Delgado is a typical example.

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#23 Apr 23, 2012
Delgado, 19, grew up near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and said he had been a dedicated soccer player as a child. Then he hit high school and gained 20 pounds of fat.
"Video games," he said sheepishly.
Though he shed 17 pounds during boot camp, he was still a minute away from hitting his run time of 12 minutes, 30 seconds (times vary depending on age and sex). So while the friends with whom he entered the service left Great Lakes to start their Navy careers, he was placed into FIT.
The program is an extension of what the recruits have already done: plenty of cardio and strength work, with running every other day. The main difference is that they get a lot more personal attention.
Recruit division commanders — informally known as "motivators" — are a near-constant presence in the barracks. They lead recruits through sets of curl-ups and arm circles and encourage them to stay away from soft drinks and fried food.
The motivators also act as amateur psychologists, plumbing the recruits' psyches for anything that might act as a catalyst. Maybe a few kind words will provide the spark a young person needs. Perhaps a speech from Mom or Dad, delivered over the telephone, will do the trick.
For Brittany Lavan, the motivators learned, the key was the 2-year-old son she had back home in Vineland, N.J. Completing the run would let her see him again — the rest of her division graduated March 16, she said — while adopting healthier eating and exercise habits would make her a better role model.
"I want to do things better," Lavan, 22, said after a grueling hour of calisthenics. "I want to make sure he's in extracurricular activities and sports, make sure he's not sitting in front of the TV all day — everything I wish had been done for me."
When the recruits arrive at the track, though, a more traditional style of military inspiration takes over.
I wonder what happen to the recruiter telling these kids (17) and adults that they cannot join until they pass the basic PT requirement.
Overweight and out of the office, come back when you are within weight standards, cannot do push up's, come back when you can, At least some of the local recruiters have worked with those who sign commit contracts to help them meet standards before boot camp..
Guess Michelle Obama needs to hit the road and tell the kids to get outside and turn off the video games..
Code Enforcement

Cloudcroft, NM

#24 Apr 23, 2012
glad you finally made this Obama's fault. I was starting to think you had lost your obsession.

Obama sinks Titanic.
Obama in the book depository in Dallas 1963
Obama surrenders Panama Canal.

etc etc.

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#25 Apr 24, 2012
Code Enforcement wrote:
glad you finally made this Obama's fault. I was starting to think you had lost your obsession.
Obama sinks Titanic.
Obama in the book depository in Dallas 1963
Obama surrenders Panama Canal.
etc etc.
And you are talking to who again...

Hard to follow all of your names..
Michael Morris

Carrizozo, NM

#26 Apr 24, 2012
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
Delgado, 19, grew up near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and said he had been a dedicated soccer player as a child. Then he hit high school and gained 20 pounds of fat.
"Video games," he said sheepishly.
Though he shed 17 pounds during boot camp, he was still a minute away from hitting his run time of 12 minutes, 30 seconds (times vary depending on age and sex). So while the friends with whom he entered the service left Great Lakes to start their Navy careers, he was placed into FIT.
The program is an extension of what the recruits have already done: plenty of cardio and strength work, with running every other day. The main difference is that they get a lot more personal attention.
Recruit division commanders — informally known as "motivators" — are a near-constant presence in the barracks. They lead recruits through sets of curl-ups and arm circles and encourage them to stay away from soft drinks and fried food.
The motivators also act as amateur psychologists, plumbing the recruits' psyches for anything that might act as a catalyst. Maybe a few kind words will provide the spark a young person needs. Perhaps a speech from Mom or Dad, delivered over the telephone, will do the trick.
For Brittany Lavan, the motivators learned, the key was the 2-year-old son she had back home in Vineland, N.J. Completing the run would let her see him again — the rest of her division graduated March 16, she said — while adopting healthier eating and exercise habits would make her a better role model.
"I want to do things better," Lavan, 22, said after a grueling hour of calisthenics. "I want to make sure he's in extracurricular activities and sports, make sure he's not sitting in front of the TV all day — everything I wish had been done for me."
When the recruits arrive at the track, though, a more traditional style of military inspiration takes over.
I wonder what happen to the recruiter telling these kids (17) and adults that they cannot join until they pass the basic PT requirement.
Overweight and out of the office, come back when you are within weight standards, cannot do push up's, come back when you can, At least some of the local recruiters have worked with those who sign commit contracts to help them meet standards before boot camp..
Guess Michelle Obama needs to hit the road and tell the kids to get outside and turn off the video games..
Sounds like a jobs program. Or they really that desperate?
land locked sailor

Alamogordo, NM

#27 Jun 21, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/business/en...

So oil companies / refineries are being fined for a fuel that is not available commericially, yet Congress made the law in 2007 hoping someone would, and yet the fines are being collected, and is this another fine example of a government that is broken.

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#28 Aug 13, 2012
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-po...

California scrambles to pay its bills with more borrowing.

Embedded in a Monday report from the California controller is a statistic showing just how much the state is straining to pay its bills before November's vote on higher taxes.

Controller John Chiang, who manages the state's cash flow, finished July with more than $18 billion in outstanding loans after using high-speed accounting to cover day-to-day expenses. That means he borrowed some money from the state's 500-plus "special" funds, used it to pay a bill and promised to repay it later when more tax revenue rolls in.

It's a standard maneuver, especially at the beginning of the fiscal year, when expenses outpace revenues. But the controller leaned more heavily than usual on this tactic last month, tapping 81% of the money available for short-term borrowing, up from 48.4% in July 2011.

A spokesman for the controller, Jacob Roper, had a matter-of-fact explanation for the borrowing:“That’s the amount of special fund borrowing necessary to carry out the state’s budget.”

The $18 billion in outstanding loans includes $9.6 billion left over from June, as well as $8.5 billion in new borrowing in July.

H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown's Department of Finance, said the state has needed more short-term borrowing because it won't get the extra revenue it needs until voters approve higher taxes in November. Brown is asking voters to increase the sales tax by a quarter cent and boost levies on the wealthy by one to three percentage points.

The controller's short-term borrowing is separate from the loans taken out by the governor and lawmakers, which have also increased. There's $4.3 billion in outstanding loans from special funds, a nearly six-fold increase since 2008.

More examples of Obama economics 101, You cannot spend yourself out of debt. Read the readers comments at the bottom of the link, truth hurts....

Can you imagine going to the DMV for your license and having 162 different languages for the driving test, yet signs on the road are in English, more from the land of the nuts, oh sorry New Mexico gives them to Illegals too, and then New Mexico illegals drive to Calif and get all the benefits of free citizenship w/o paying taxes.

California at one time use to be 8th largest economy on this planet, now they are in trouble, it is all about spending and how you do it, and those California democrats know how to spend it, too bad they graduated from Obama Economic cource with straight A'S......I say give California back to Mexico, and cut out loses......

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