Equality? Pull-ups OPTIONAL For (Wimpy) Female Marines
There's plenty of things women are consistently great at doing. Being in the military combat roles just isn't one of them. We've covered this multiple times (see Strength Expert Exposes Politically Incorrect Truth Regarding Women in Combat). And no, it has nothing to do with trying to "oppress the female gender." If it were about subduing women we would be shoveling them out to the front lines in droves... Not trying to protect them. See how that works?
Thanks to the mysterious, mystical power of equality, women are signing up for combat (and conveniently going AWOL). Even though the facts show that women, on average, never outdo men in physical combat. The key words here are "on average." Which means your mutant-strong aunt Helga doesn't count. Please spare us the "BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS" mantra. Can we move on now? Great. Most men are stronger than most women. Significantly stronger. Because biology. Testosterone has a lot to do with this. Speaking of basic facts, here's an interesting tidbit. Guess who these female marines will be primarily fighting? Armies of men. That's right, ladies. There will not be female battalions fighting foreign female battalions. Equality that.
Bearing the fact of female marines not just fighting alongside, but fighting against stronger male enemies, let's get to the juicy part of this story. Women are struggling to even meet the bare minimum when it comes to physical fitness requirements for the Marines. More specifically - pull-ups.
Data collection in 2013 found that 55 percent of female recruits couldn't meet the minimum requirement. A study of 318 female Marines found that the women could complete 1.63 pull-ups on average. Roughly 20 percent of those Marines could only hit three pull-ups if they used their lower bodies in a "kipping" motion.
Usually if you can't meet the requirements for a position you don't get the job. But did these inadequate Marines get cut from the team? Nope. That would be sexist.
At that point, the Marine Corps allowed women to choose between pull-ups and the flexed-arm hang as officials developed a new plan. The transition was further extended when leadership decided to hold off on any decision until the three-year Women in Service Review wrapped up in 2015.
Aaand here we are in 2016. Are women Marines required to do pull-ups? No. Because they still can't do them. Instead, a new plan for the PFT is being suggested.
[The] proposed test would allow women the option to forgo the exercise if they still haven't quite mastered pull-ups.
So why does it matter? Because we want to laugh and make fun of weaklings who can't do a single pull-up? Yes. But also because upper body strength is a necessity when it comes to combat. Strength is important in combat. What the Marines are saying is, you ladies who will be out in combat? You might die because you lack the necessary strength, but we're going to let you in anyway because EQUALITY.
Pull-ups are an "equitable metric more related to combat skills such as casualty [evacuation]."
"Since the PFT score is tied directly to promotion, there is already a sentiment that the scoring system is not fair," [an] officer said.
See, women are angry because they can't move up the ranks. But instead of looking at themselves and thinking, "Hm. I'm not very good at this. Maybe I shouldn't be commanding a platoon of Marines," they get upset at the system instead. Then "fairness" is demanded. Sorry ladies, but there is no fairness in war, especially the fake version of fairness where you change the rules so everybody can "succeed."
Personal note of love from Courtney to you pansy chicks who whine, complain and generally suck: practice pull-ups, you wimps. You're freaking embarrassing me. Seriously, get one of those pull-up bars that goes over your door. You cannot kip those pull-ups, either, lest you fall flat on your probably pathetic @ss. To prove not all women are weaklings who need coddling, I just busted out five strict pull-ups. After having done 45 kipping pull-ups and 45 clean and jerks this morning (85 lbs).
These are life or death situations we're talking about. What happens when a woman is too weak to drag her injured fellow soldier to safety? What happens when a weakling woman cannot pull herself up out of danger, or to a battle where she's needed? If she cannot pull her own body weight up, she belongs not on the front lines. Because also, she'll have weight on her. Like her freaking gun. Ammo. A vest. Or what if she's too weak to engage and ends up endangering others? People will die. But hey, at least we'll still have equality.
Watch this video. Yes, even I make an appearance and say women shouldn't be in combat.
Written by both Kacie and Courtney (who rocks at pull-ups)