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Women in Combat

Anonymous2884 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 10:18 AM
True story: More years ago than I care to dwell on, while I was in AIT, (which is Advanced Individual Training to you cake eaters), my company was required to complete a 17 1/2 mile march with full field gear, said gear consisting of web gear, weapons, ammo and fully loaded rucksack. total of about 70lbs., most of which was contained in the rucksack. This march, as weather would have it, took place in a pouring rain. (Real life, folks).The company's personnel consisted of 298 men and 8 women, and this march took place at the end of several weeks of intense physical training. Results? All 298 men completed the march, not a single female soldier was able to, IN SPITE of the fact that they were not required to carry the rucksacks. 'Nuff said.

A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field."

The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same age,...