REPUBLIC of the Fiji Military Force Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga confirmed the number of non-communicable disease cases being reported within the military force was increasing and was quite alarming.
Col. Tikoitoga said he could not reveal the number of NCD cases within the military but said such cases had been reported in the past.
"The RFMF is an extension of society and when there is an up rise in non-communicable diseases within the general public, there will also be a percentage of that in the military force," he said.
"We are a 3500-strength force so that makes a good proportion of the public in Fiji. We do have our NCD cases within the military force and most of our NCD cases have been compounded by stressful traumas that military officers face in their line of duty."
Col. Tikoitoga said many military officers faced such stressful trauma swhile they were deployed overseas, especially for those serving in Iraq and Sinai.
"But like any defence force in the country, we need to start looking after ourselves and it is not only trying to remain fit but also to be careful of what we eat and how we treat ourselves in terms of our health."