Over the last few days we’ve been discussing how women want to be like men, as far as their occupational endeavors in the combat arms field. I know a few of you mentioned that the USMC was changing their fitness requirements and here’s the Marine Corps Times on that;
[T]he Marine Corps has spent nearly two years evaluating the restrictions it places on women, with an eye toward breaking down longstanding barriers where possible. Within the last year, for instance, officials have opened to female Marines dozens of jobs in tank and artillery units, among others previously the province of men only.
So, it looks like the Marine Corps is doing away with the “flex arm hang” for females – pulling herself up for a half pull up and staying there for as long as she can. They’re going to make women do an actual pull up. Yeah, big news, big change.
That study of 318 female Marines found that, on average, they could perform 1.63 pull-ups. More than 21 percent performed at least three, and 37 percent performed at least three when lower-body movement — a banned practice frequently known as “kip” — was allowed.
I’ve got news for you – women can do more than a half of a pull up. When I was an ROTC TAC NCO, I usually had the first platoon of the first rotation at Advanced Camp which was packed with Airborne candidates who would ship off to jump school after their six weeks with me, so I made everyone do ten pull ups before they could get in the messhall (including myself). The first week or so, the women would need assistance – but then so did the men, but after the third week of doing ten pull ups three times everyday, everyone was doing them just fine. I think they needed to do seven to get into jump school. Funny how that works – if you train for something properly, you can do anything.
Men aren’t built for situps like women are, but they make us do them anyway, and there’s no “men’s sit ups”, like there are “women’s pushups”, are there? So we have to train harder at it than women have to train. That’s life.