Quote from HM-8404
I have no problem with lifting the ban and allowing women to serve in combat roles such as infantry, artillery, etc. The only problem I would have is if women are given special considerations like they already get in the military. To serve in a combat arms MOS they need to meet the same physical standards as the males do. Reducing standards to allow weaker people to serve only weakens the ability of the unit.
this is a valid point,
as women do meet all the same physical requirements, except they only have to only do 50 pushups and men have to do 80 pushups, and women are given an add'l 120 seconds to complete the 2 mile runs.
both genders have to do the 80 sit ups, climb the same featureless walls, run with the same giant huge duffel backpack on, long list of things one has to do in training, that is the same for either gender.
but, i'm not as sure being able to hike and shoot the weapons requires the add'l upper body strength. I'm not as sure that THAT is req'd for today's warfare,
but, i don't know if having larger shoulders is really req'd to shoot at people, or how much hand-to-hand type of fighting is done anymore...
but, there are many small sized females whose units would deny that soldier is "weakening the unit" cuz her arms aren't as big. There are long lists of female heros, who have done amazing things in combat, even though they only had to do 50 pushups to pass training instead of 80.