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Recruiters echo Bostick’s worries about weight issues among potential candidates for the military.
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On her second try, Halley said she weighed in at 162 pounds and logged a 30 percent rate of body fat to meet the Army’s standard.
Toting her M 16 during weapons exercises in basic training, Halley said she’d slimmed down even more in the first weeks of training.
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