I have a confession to make: I’m not against women serving on the front lines. There are plenty of women who can kick butt, BUT they have to be able to pass the physical training tests. No special treatment, no dumbing down of standards; if they want to be like the men serving on the front lines, they’re going to have to pass the same physical training requirements – end of story. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Tom Bowman at NPR reported on December 29:
Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off.
The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference — just a notice on its social media sites and an item on its own TV show, “The Corps Report.”
Lance Cpl. Ally Beiswanger explained that the pullup test had been put off until sometime next year to gather more data and “ensure all female Marines are given the best opportunity to succeed.”