Saturday, December 28, 2013

U.S.M.C. Weakens Fitness Requirement for Females

The change was to take place in two phases, including giving females the choice through 2013 of sticking with the old standard, which required them to hold on to a bar with their elbows flexed for 70 seconds

Just three out of 15 female recruits managed to graduate from the Marine Corps' infantry training program in November

55 per cent of women – including active Marines – can't do three pull-ups, while just 1 per cent of men fail the exam

The new standard was ordered by the service's commandant in late 2012

Now the Marines say they're scrapping the requirement for now, allowing women to pass their physical fitness tests without the new challenge

Existing standards allow female Marines and recruits to pass muster by hanging for 70 seconds from a pull-up bar with bent elbows

May women in the Corps insist they're meeting the new minimum requirement

Female Marines will be eligible for full war-zone combat duty in 2016

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