Remember the news a few years back of poor or non-existent armor for troops in Iraq? The Department of Defense has ensured that no deployed serviceperson can make that complaint again. Take a look at my 45 lb armored vest. I finally know what the patient having a heart attack means when he says "It feels like an elephant is on my chest." I also have to carry two weapons, an M-16 rifle and an M-9 pistol, EVERYWHERE I go except for the bathroom, and I usually am wearing a helmet, and that makes over 50 lbs of gear. I freely admit that I am at least 25 lbs overweight, and humping (i.e. carrying) all this equipment makes me realize the stress induced by excess weight; and that if I did reduce my personal adipose content that I could develop serious hops and perhaps single-handedly quell the pervasive rumor that white men can't jump.