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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:30 PM

How does this women in combat plan work?

(I posted this in GD but never got a response, hoping for an answer here)

I haven't seen a complete description of it yet. It seems like a no brainer to have women fighter and helicopter pilots. But I heard something about women soldiers and marines must pass some type of physical standard. What is that standard and what percentage of women are likely to pass it? I'm wondering if this is like the NFL saying "we will allow women to play" but then the standard being such that no woman could do it.

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Bay Boy Jan 2013 OP
Duckhunter935 Jan 2013 #1
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Response to Bay Boy (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:35 PM

1. Army retired


not sure of Marines. All soldiers must pass annual physical fitness test. Different standards based on gender and age groups. Three events, push ups, sit ups, and 2 mile run 300 maximum points. Some schools require a higher point total than the 60 point minimum per event. Some woman kicked my ass at PT. Jobs may also have physical standards. My old job had 80 pound lift for a set distance as part of a two person crew. Upper body strength may be an issue for some jobs like infantry or artillery. Air Defense always has been open to females and is considered combat arms.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:43 PM

2. As long as the requirements are reasonably job related, that should be fine

Not all men pass all of them either

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