... it seems like most of the younger guys are 6'2" . at age 12. It's like the new master race coming up or something. A little bit creepy. WTF do they put in the breakfast cereal these days, anyway?
Average male height has been increasingly steadily in the US during the time military induction records have been kept. It was only around 5'5" during WWI, almost 5'10" today.
When I became an Army Military Police (MP) Officer I was actually 1 inch shorter than the minimum
allowable height of 5'9" for an enlisted MP. But the height restriction did not apply to Officers, so that every single MP subordinate I had was taller than me, some by quite a lot.
Was a challenge as a young Second Lieutenant to be giving orders to much older veteran Sergeants who towered over me. I laugh to think about it today, and ordinarily height in a social setting doesn't concern me. But in that career field greater height could convey greater respect & authority, so I had to work harder to overcome what was a physical disadvantage.
My own sons, BTW, are very tall, each 6'4". They were already taller than me before they turned 12, and became 6' by 13. Another case where I had to attempt to be the authority figure with someone who's literally looking down on me. I think doubly difficult and disconcerting when they're your own kids, who could've picked me up and set me aside if I got in their way! LOL!