The news media today were abuzz with a report that 55 percent of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups. As a result, the Marines are postponing implementation of the requirement that was supposed to take effect January 1. The delay interferes with plans to equalize physical standards and integrate women into combat roles.
My position on this is quite simple. If women want to get into combat roles, they should meet the same physical requirements as the men in those roles. Period. Changing or lowering the standards to accommodate women — even temporarily — means quite literally weakening the military. That’s nonsense. Besides, 45 percent of women did the three pullups. If they can do it, so can the others. Or they can drop out, just like any man who fails.
The problem here is that the military wants to get those women into the service because it’s the politically correct thing to do. Again, nonsense. When it comes to the military and war, you want to field the strongest possible force. Period. Because you can bet the enemy won’t be worrying about political correctness.