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Marines ‘Delay’ Test For Women After Half Fail

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

By PAULINE JELINEK | January 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.

Gee whiz. If you can’t do a lousy three pull-ups, how are you ever going to carry a wounded comrade?

The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016.

Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos wants training officials to "continue to gather data and ensure that female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed," Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman, said Thursday.

Translation: they will wait until nobody is looking to make this change permanent.

Starting with the new year, all female Marines were supposed to be able to do at least three pullups on their annual physical fitness test and eight for a perfect score. The requirement was tested in 2013 on female recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., but only 45 percent of women met the minimum, Krebs said.

The Marines had hoped to institute the pullups on the belief that pullups require the muscular strength necessary to perform common military tasks such as scaling a wall, climbing up a rope or lifting and carrying heavy munitions.

Well what does any of that have to do with being fit for combat? (This is sarcasm.)

Officials felt there wasn’t a medical risk to putting the new standard into effect as planned across the service, but that the risk of losing recruits and hurting retention of women already in the service was unacceptably high, she said.

After all, they don’t want to hurt any of these Marines’ delicate feelings.

Because the change is being put off, women will be able to choose which test of upper-body strength they will be graded on in their annual physical fitness test. Their choices:

—Pullups, with three the minimum. Three is also the minimum for male Marines, but they need 20 for a perfect rating.

—A flexed-arm hang. The minimum is for 15 seconds; women get a perfect score if they last for 70 seconds. Men don’t do the hang in their test…

Un-real. But they aren’t making it as easy as possible for them. No way. They have their standards.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Marines ‘Delay’ Test For Women After Half Fail”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Reality, meet Libtard

    Libtard whines it’s not fair to mash all their best intentions through the coffee filters of Reality. Because what comes out is an embarrassingly weak brew of nonsense.

    Jihadists laugh, fire AKs randomly, kill women and children whether they can do a pullup or not.

  2. canary says:

    I’m waiting for Rusty to get fired up and straighten it out, because I don’t believe male US Marines only have to do 3 chin-ups at their end up training.

    These woman had weeks and weeks to practice doing pull-ups.

    What happened to monkey bars?

    It would be the US Army doesn’t have to do anything to pass boot camp.

  3. Astravogel says:

    A simple solution would be that two women can carry twice as much as one,
    so just bring along enough of the gals to carry potential wounded. Solved it.

    • canary says:

      Not so fast. $

      That does not resolve the costs of months of training, boarding, feeding, dressing, and testing individuals and staff wasting their time.

      Have a chin-up bar at the recruiters office. See how many pull-ups they can do, and if they can’t tell them to go practice and come back when they can do them. Tell the males to do it too so the women can’t cry.

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