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Friday, March 07, 2014

Female Marines Haven't Got Enough Strength

The plan to put women in combat roles is off to a predictably bad start. The Marine Corps had planned to institute a new set of physical requirements this year to prepare female recruits for the combat roles they are supposed to take on in two years. One of these requirements was that women must do at least three pull-ups in a row. But more than half of the women Marines failed this test. Quite a few of them couldn’t even do one pull-up, much less three. Officials didn’t want to lose half of Marine Corps women, so the requirement has now been delayed a year.

It’s not surprising that most women can’t meet this standard. Men and women are physically different. On average, a women has only 60% of the upper body strength that a man has. However, the three pull-up requirement isn’t just a random rule we can toss out if girls can’t do it. The upper body strength required for pull-ups is the same strength required for many important tasks in battle. A person who can’t do pull-ups can’t scale a wall, climb a rope, or carry heavy arms or wounded buddies.

Women in combat are a danger to themselves and also to the rest of their unit. Lowering our strength standards sends a message to the world that our military is not as strong as it used to be, and that it’s more important to appease the feminists than to ensure the strength of our forces. Putting women in combat roles makes the military less strong and less able to fight. Our enemies are tough, strong, vicious men ready to fight to the death, and we need real men to fight them, not girls who can’t even do pull-ups. Putting women in combat roles is not the way to win on the battlefield. The test for any new rule should be whether it makes our Marines more or less combat ready.
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