Clothing – Battling the Bulge
Russian generals are having a stylish make-over, but the elite officers
may be too fat for the new designer military clothing.
It sounds absurd but Russian generals could be too fat for their new
stylish military clothing; the uniforms are being designed by a top fashion
designer, but a survey into the army's fitness levels has raised fears
they won't fit into their new, stylish military clothing.
Military Clothing – The Size Zero Debate
of weight and whether clothing is ill-fitting used to belong in the domain
of the fashion catwalks – perhaps employing one of
Russia's best known fashion designers to produce the new military clothing
caused the cross over. But thanks to this top fashion designer Valentin
Yudashkin, military clothing has been thrown into the media spotlight,
uncovering a far weightier issue. The concern that Russia's military
elite might not fit into their new military clothing is backed up by
the survey findings: 30% of Russia's elite officers were found to be
overweight; 25% failed a fitness test.
Russia's 'Podgy' Problem
The Russian army has launched a fitness drive to ensure its army fit
into the designer military clothing. They have vowed to build gyms and
pools to get their officers back into shape to fit the new military clothing.
It's thought the end of the Cold War has impacted on lifestyles leaving
a percentage of officers too plump to fit their military clothing. The
Defence Ministry is rolling out a series of fitness regimes to combat
the problem. The new military uniform designs by Yudashkin featured the
Russian military with model-like looks, although the reality is said
to be much 'flabbier'.
Military Clothing: Dressed to Kill
The new military
clothing may look fabulous, but the deeper issues it has raised are of
serious concern for the Russians. Alexander Kolmakov,
the First Deputy Defence Minister told the press: “In the trenches
our officers and professional servicemen must do much better than foreign
servicemen. This is the goal of this work.” As a result, a seven-year
fitness programme will be unveiled in 2009 that will ensure all army
staff fit their designer military clothing; they will not only be dressed
to kill but superiorly trained soldiers. A spokesman for the army added: “The
new military uniform should match what is inside it.”
The upgrade in military clothing is part of an overall attempt to return
Russia's army to its Soviet Union golden days when the country was a
strong military power.
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