FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — A young man in Southern Missouri lost more than 100 pounds so he could enlist in the army, a dream he’s had since childhood.
David West from St. Robert, Mo., was sworn in Tues., Jan 31, weighing 170 pounds and standing 5’10”.
Just nine months ago, he weighed 283 pounds, almost 100 pounds over the maximum weight allowed by the Army for his height.
The day he officially decided to join the Army was the day West changed his lifestyle.
“The last day I ate a hamburger and fries, a really nice dinner and then the next day I was having a turkey burger, oatmeal for breakfast a salad and apple for lunch. I just decided to hit it hard and do it,” West said.
Exactly the behavior and commitment the U.S. needs in its soldiers!
“David has a heart for people and he has a heart for the Army,” said Shawndelin Hall, West’s recruiter. “I see a lot of determination. I see a well of pride in David. And that’s the kind of soldier you want in your fox hole with you.”
West reports to basic training on May 14, 2012, at Fort Leonard Wood, where he’ll be training as a combat engineer.
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