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Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea

Gilchrist Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 10:52 AM
If you show me a 5'10" male soldier weighing 200 pounds, he's eight pounds overweight if he's an old geezer and fifteen pounds overweight if he's a young stud. Put the out of shape sucker on a diet.
ByeBye2ndAmendment Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 10:56 AM
The point is, we are moving further and further away from traditional notions of soldier. And more towards machines and computers fighting our battles for us
Tinsldr2 Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 11:00 AM
Tell that "machines fighting for us" to the guys of the 75th Ranger Regiment or any other Infantry battalion,

On the other hand I did wonder about the weight standard also that Gilchrist looked up. HOWEVER. If he is in shape he would meet tape and body fat standards.

Muscle is heavier then fat and if he was muscular he would MEET Army standards.
Gilchrist Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 12:21 PM
You are correct, the maximum weight may be exceeded if the body fat content is low enough. http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r600_9.pdf BTW, these tables calculate my body fat at 34% while the Navy tables put me at 23%, Covert-Bailey at 22.3% which matches my resistive scales all that varies depending on how recently I've had a bowel movement. I can pass the weight limitation for young studs and easily pass the body fat standards for old geezers [I'm collecting Sociable Insecurity] As far as fighting mano a mano, just remember age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. A sophisticated arsenal places a premium on brains over brawn.
traitorbill Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 12:27 PM

Last Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. military leaders lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. I, for one, think this is a great idea and have a few modest proposals, if the brass inside the beltway is open to suggestions, on how they should deploy the dames (and whom they should deploy).

First off, if you truly want to eviscerate the enemy—namely Muslims—then I propose sending the most nerve grating and foul women Hollywood has to offer straight into hot zones as our forward armies. I’m a thinkin’ starting off with Roseanne Barr, Joy...