Male soldiers are generally considered to be extremely masculine. However, members of the military in Germany have found that their strenuous training has caused them to develop just the opposite appearance. Understandably, it is a cause of great distress and concern to German military brass.
According to the German Herald, an elite military guards battalion, called the Wachbataillon unit, which provides drill displays at important events, is growing breasts on one side of their bodies. This problem is occurring because of the way that they drill.
The condition, called one-sided gynecomastia, has been diagnosed in 74 percent of the soldiers that have expressed concern about growths to the army medics. According to a shocking military report, the doctors say that the problem occurs because the battalion repeatedly slaps the left side of their chests with their rifles during drills. The practice causes the soldiers' glands to stimulate hormones on that side only, causing breasts on just the left side of the body.
Professor Bjorn Krapohl, the director of plastic surgery at Berlin's military hospital, said to the German Herald, "There is a very significant link between the activity in the Guard Battalion and the development of the breast on the left side. They need to change the way they drill. The constant slamming of the rifles against the left hand side of the chest is clearly a significant factor."
In fact, of the 211 patients treated for the condition, 35 of them were from the elite unit, over 15 percent.
The military has stated that they are looking over the problem and will change the way that the soldiers drill if that is found to be the source of the condition.
A spokesperson for the military stated that all members of the military who were affected with the condition were being treated and assessed individually.