Sooooooo, that whole "overwhelming culture of sexual assault" thing, are they gonna work on that too?
Right, some men are stronger than some women, and some women are stronger than some men. As long as the criteria for passing doesn't change then it should be open to everyone without discrimination.
The Marine Corps insists that the standards for coed Infantry Officer Course classes will be exactly the same as the standards for male Infantry Officer Course classes, and that things will fall where they may.
I think stopping shit like that would go further towards ensuring successful integration.
Shortly after the test ended, Major Cuomo shared the results. Of 96 officers who had started the endurance test, 76 passed, 7 quit, 7 were injured and 6 failed.
In the coming months, General Amos said in an interview, the Marine Corps plans to assign about 40 women to 19 battalions of six different types: artillery, tank, assault amphibian, combat engineer, combat assault and low-altitude air defense. Infantry battalions, however, will remain closed to women.
Essentially ... they strip you down to the minimal amount of sleep, the minimal amount of chow, the minimal amount of information.
A 2010 survey by the British Ministry of Defense listed Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Sweden as countries that allow women in "close combat roles," defined as "engaging an enemy on the ground with individual or crew served weapons, while being exposed to hostile fire and to a high probability of direct physical contact with the hostile forces personnel." Australia joined that list in September 2011 when it opened its front-line units — including one of the largest contingents in Afghanistan — to women. (source)
It's going to take a lot more than 400 new infantry positions to root that bullshit out of the military.
The book I recommended - the author talks about her experience with a Ranger company versus the support company she's usually assigned with. To the Rangers, she's "our 'terp" (interpreter). To the support, she's 'that chick.'
“My agility during firefights and mobility on and off vehicles and perimeter walls was seriously hindering my response time and overall capability. It was evident that stress and muscular deterioration was affecting everyone regardless of gender; however, the rate of my deterioration was noticeably faster than that of male Marines and further compounded by gender-specific medical conditions.”
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