Posted: Nov 17, 2014 10:07 am
by Nicko
DarthHelmet86 wrote:And once again the intro physical tests are only to judge base fitness, once you are in the military you must pass the same tests and women are able to do that.

It's a distinction that many don't understand. The initial standards are only to establish that everything is in working order: a basic, somewhat-higher-than-average level of fitness. This just means different things for men and women, so of course there are separate standards. When it comes to specific assignments, the standards are objective and job-specific.

There is of course the question of whether more needs to be done to help women meet the higher objective standards required by combat positions. Here's 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo's account of her attempt to pass the USMC's Infantry Officer Course.