Starting in 2014, all women recruits at Marine boot camp were expected to perform a minimum of three pullups. The Associated Press reports that more than half of them failed prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.
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.
The new minimum was tested on female recruits at Paris Island, S.C. and reportedly only 45 percent met the standard. You can read the full article here.
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