Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal | Marine Corps Gazette

As a young lieutenant, I fit the mold of a female who would have had a shot at completing IOC, and I am sure there was a time in my life where I would have volunteered to be an infantryman. I was a star ice hockey player at Bowdoin College, a small elite college in Maine, with a major in government and law. At 5 feet 3 inches I was squatting 200 pounds and benching 145 pounds when I graduated in 2007. I completed Officer Candidates School (OCS) ranked 4 of 52 candidates, graduated 48 of 261 from TBS, and finished second at MOS school. I also repeatedly scored far above average in all female-based physical fitness tests (for example, earning a 292 out of 300 on the Marine physical fitness test). Five years later, I am physically not the woman I once was and my views have greatly changed on the possibility of women having successful long careers while serving in the infantry. I can say from firsthand experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, and not just emotion, that we haven’t even begun to analyze and comprehend the gender-specific medical issues and overall physical toll continuous combat operations will have on females

via Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal | Marine Corps Gazette.

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2 thoughts on “Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal | Marine Corps Gazette”

  1. It’s worth pointing out that one of the reasons that physical standards for men in the US Army, etc., are so much higher now than they were in WWII, is that in some cases we expect our people to carry a lot more. Current standards also expect everybody to be healthy and reasonably strong to start out with, and in the Marine combat stuff, it’s clear that they expect extremely fit men.

    WWII standards were written to include men from all walks of life, including some guys who’d had stunted growth in tenements, poor as dirt small towns, or as Depression kids. This meant that, when the nastybad Army mens demanded that the WASPS meet the men’s physical fitness standard to be allowed to be any kind of auxiliaries, it was perfectly possible for even tiny women flyers who weren’t particularly athletic, because they pretty much all had gotten enough to eat in the Depression years. Nowadays, that wouldn’t be easy for the average woman off the street.

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