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(Ft. Leonard Wood) (AP) – A southeastern Missouri man didn’t give up after being told he weighed too much to enlist in the Army, and the Army says it didn’t give up on David West, either.

Officials at Fort Leonard Wood say the 20-year-old Plato man is being sworn in this week after losing more than 110 pounds to meet the Army’s basic enlistment criteria. He’ll report to Fort Leonard Wood in May to begin training to become a combat engineer.

West got the bad news about his weight nine months ago when he tried to enlist at the St. Robert recruiting station. The station’s commander, Staff Sgt. Shawdelin Hall, says she was impressed with his determination and decided to help him meet his goal.

West dropped the pounds with encouragement from a recruiting team.

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