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Gender does not matter in combat

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  1. Eric Stratton says:

    You have got to be kidding me? Where was your push for equality when women first entered into the military? Not once have they been made to meet the same standards in our entire history. The first time they have been held to the same standard was in the recent two Infantry Officer selection course at Quantico. Shocker, the National Women’s Law Center is already advocating for a change in the standards. Here is why gender matters, we are not the same. Females and Males are not interchangeable. Women and men both have advantages, in the physical strength and endurance realm, men hold a huge advantage.

    “The Pentagon reports that fitness standards have been closely examined to make sure they are both logical and fair. Women must run two miles in 15:36 minutes, and they receive top marks for doing 42 push-ups while men must complete their 2-mile run in 13:36 minutes and the men’s push-up number is 71.”-Classic!!! So, they have to examine them to see if the are “fair”? I thought it was about meeting the same standards? Hey, curious, since the average “Light Infantryman” load is 29kg in combat, shouldn’t that be the standard, period. No seeing if it is “fair” since women have about half the VO2 Max and upper body strength. I mean, why should upper body strength matter either? There is no way anyone would ever have to pull themselves up over a wall in a city with kit on. Not a chance of that happening.

    “Top military officers are also analyzing different combat training scenarios (like hiking several miles with a large backpack of supplies) to make sure both genders can benefit from the activity.”-No this is classic politics. They are going to have to justify the standards because women will not pass them if they hold them to the same standards. They are going to lower the overall standard and then say they are the same, but lowering the bar does not mean you made the grade, it means standards are lowered. That is what the US Military has ALWAYS done and that is what it will continue to do. Go read up on the Q Angle and also Military Medicine and VA rates of orthopedic injuries in females due to vast differences in skeletal frames. We are not the same and genders are not a social construct.

    Here is a tidbit from the UK study that was done in 2002′, reviewed in 2010 and the UK decided against letting women into the infantry. From the UK MoD report-

    “The Women in the Armed Forces report examined the differences in the physical abilities of men and women which are relevant to military performance and observed, unsurprisingly, that they differ significantly.Differences between women and men in their capacity to develop muscle strength and aerobic fitness are such that only approximately 1% of women can equal the performance of the average man. In lifting, carrying and similar tasks performed routinely by the British Army, this means that, on average, women have a lower work capacity than men and, when exposed to the same physical workload as men, have to work 50-80% harder to achieve the same results. This puts them at greater risk of injury. In load marching, another fundamental military task, and in all other simulated combat tasks, women were found to perform worse than men, and the greater the load, the greater the discrepancy. The
    study concluded that about 0.1% of female applicants and 1 % of trained female soldiers would reach the required standards to meet the demands of these roles.”

    Hey, just because we did similar studies in the 80’s, 90’s and recently and came to the same conclusion does not stop us from implementing a terrible idea anyway. If you as a journalist major won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story, why should anyone else let those silly thing get in the way either? Am I right? I mean, who want’s truth, facts or combat effectiveness when you can have feel good, self-esteem building, gender neutral testing that lowers the standards so much that a child could meet them? Why should combat effectiveness ever matter if someone has a “brass ceiling”?

    I am sure you are going to make a great journalist.