For years the Left and the feminists have been pushing for women in combat, despite the physical strength disparity between men and women.
Women can, of course, maintain tremendous levels of physical fitness, endurance and toughness. But the mean strength of women is less than the mean strength of a same height man.
And it appears, for the sake of political correctness, even to the point that it could get the soldier or her unit killed, the rigorous physical requirements are being “softened.”
Barbara Boland of CNS News reports:
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Females in the Marine Corps currently are not required to do even a single pull-up, and a deadline mandating that by Jan. 1, 2014, they be able to do at least 3 pull-ups as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media.
Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). That’s the minimum requirement for males.
Currently, “women aren’t able to make the minimum standard of three pull-ups,” Marine spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan told CNSNews.com. Fifty-five percent of female recruits tested at the end of boot camp were unable to do three pull-ups (1 percent of male recruits also failed).
A Nov 20 Tweet from the U.S. Marines (@USMC) highlights the pull-up issue:
Now here’s this rub. These women are to be commended and most likely passionate about serving their country with the few, the proud. But the duty of Marine Infantry?
Infantry is the central component of Marine ground forces. Infantrymen are trained to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat. Riflemen serve as the primary scouts, assault troops and close combat forces within each infantry unit.
After recruit training, infantrymen will attend the Infantry Training Battalion course at either the School of Infantry East at Camp Geiger, NC, or the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Within the MEU
Marine ground forces are organized into a Battalion Landing Team with three rifle companies at the core. Each company is made up of three rifle platoons and one weapons platoon.
Specialties within Infantry include:
Rifleman: Trained in close combat, operates M16A4 rifle, M203 grenade launcher and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.
Machine Gunner: Employs medium and heavy machine guns in support of maneuver elements.
Mortarman: Provides indirect fire in support of maneuver elements using light, medium or heavy mortars.
Assaultman: Assaults fortified targets with rockets, demolitions and breaching/infiltration techniques.
So what this tells me is that the strength of the “central component of Marine ground forces” may be weakened if strength requirements are compromised. And if that infantry is weakened in the least, it can result in mortal danger for each and every jarhead.
To me that is unacceptable. Our Troops are America’s treasure, the tip of the sword keeping our liberty intact. These warriors deserve the strictest standards to ensure success of their operations and missions.
But I’m just a civilian looking on. Perhaps the physical strength of an Airman, Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Coastie is not as vital as I’ve been led to believe. I pray to God I am wrong.
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