More than 200 Texas state troopers could face consequences if they don’t lose weight by December, records show

There’s no polite way to say this, but Texas thinks too many state troopers are too big to serve.

Hundreds of them are being ordered to lose weight by December, or face discipline, according to a Chron report.

Documents first obtained by the Dallas Morning News revealed that soldiers must meet their year-end weight loss goals in order to remain eligible for promotions, raises and overtime.

Men are supposed to have a waist circumference of less than 40 inches, and women are supposed to have a waist circumference of less than 35 inches as part of a “command presence” rule built into the general fitness and fitness stipulations. appearance of the department.

More than 200 soldiers are said to have failed the requirement.

According to the documents, state troopers must pass their personal physical fitness test and command presence test by Dec. 1.

Unsuccessful soldiers will be placed on a fitness improvement plan, with suggestions for improving their physical well-being.

Physical fitness test requirements vary from department to department. Soldiers are judged on a percentile scale tied to their performance in a number of physical tests.

They can choose between a rowing test, a standard test including running, or a combat fitness assessment.

Soldiers must perform in the 70th percentile or higher for their age group in order to be successful.

For example, according to Chron, a 30-year-old officer must be able to run 1.5 miles in 11 minutes 42 seconds in order to achieve the 70th percentile needed to pass his PFT. A 30-year-old female officer must be able to run the same distance in 15 minutes and 21 seconds to reach the required percentile.

In 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association sued the DPS over the waist circumference requirement, calling it discriminatory and unfair to healthy officers with “large builds”.

According to reports, 213 soldiers of the roughly 4,000 state employees had not met the department’s waistline requirement in April. Only two of these officers also failed their physical fitness tests.

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