Apologies, but I've been reading this thread with growing contempt for people's attitudes towards health. Age and time available are not an excuse for basic self discipline to keep yourself healthy. I know one particular example, my father a 58 year old with family, a full-time job as an airline pilot, and a part-time job as a flying instructor, yet still finds time to spend with family and keeping healthy. Appreciate that a pilot isn't a typical 9-5 job, but when you consider he mostly flies nights, so a lot of any days off he has are taken up by trying to recover an acceptable sleep pattern and once thats achieved he spend most days at the flying club instructing, you can see the hours free quickly diminishing. Its perfectly possible to juggle a family life, professional life and your hobbies with keeping healthy.
I don't think for a second asking someone to respect themselves and keep themselves HEALTHY (not necessarily fit) is too much to ask at all. It doesn't take much to put on some trainers and go for a trot for 30 mins, or get on your bike and cycle to/from work. Maybe a fitness test to the same levels as regular/reserve forces isn't the answer, but maybe a test to prove you can tie your own shoe laces without having to have a considerable recovery period afterwards woudn't go amiss.
The state of some people I've seen wearing the uniform is disgraceful, one particular example springs to mind (I won't post the picture, thats a little too personal) from a remembrance parade, the fella was so large he couldn't keep his shirt tucked in under his 1's and the shirt tails were hanging out beneath his jacket (which barely covered below his belly button). Is this acceptable in public? Who by the way don't really know the difference between yourselves and regular forces, so in reality you are representing the RAF as well as the ACO. Sure carrying a bit of weight isn't a problem, but when it looks like someone's sewn you into some blue skin tight lycra, then I think its a bit much.
Rant over... and kevlars donned for the backlash :mrgreen:
Edit: for the record, IMHO i don't think this applies purely to the ACO, but in general in any walk of life. Maybe 2 hours off work a week to go phys should be compulsory (of course with some sort of record to prove you haven't just used it to fit an extra 4/5 (or more) pints into the day).