Drummed Out of the Army

The Viennese youth comes in last in national ranking of physical fitness to fulfill mandatory military service, according to a recent report.

In comparison to other federal states, the capital lags behind with 28% of its young men deemed unfit. Vorarlberg seems to have the healthiest figures (20%) followed by Tyrol, Salzburg and lower Austria. A steady number of 10,000 18-year-olds report to be unfit every year, though the general number of military recruits is on a continuous decline due to low birthrates (with almost 10,000 less Austrian 18-year-olds within 16 years, between 1985 and 2001). Reasons for the Viennese low eligibility rates include sedentary lifestyle, environmental influences such as allergies, and mental illness. While military isn’t the capital’s forte, motivation to attend the civil service is high, with 53.5% of Vienna’s young contributing to different institutions and organizations as opposed to 47.3% from the countryside.

Eden Vered
Born in Israel in 1995, Eden grew up in Japan and worked as a classical violinist until joining Metropole as social media Assistant and journalist.

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