Military takes new look at fitness tests

  • Article by: ELISABETH BUMILLER , New York Times
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 7:27 PM

The path to combat roles for women leads through a maze of physical requirements that may be fine-tuned for specific jobs.

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trice01Feb. 3, 13 6:47 AM

It's a no brainer. The physical standards need to be identical for men and women. The military staffing model is designed for infinite flexibility, on the assumption that on any given day, any member of the force could be plugged into any assignment in an emergency. That recognizes the stark reality that soldiers are inevitably lost in combat, and on-the-fly substitutions and lineup changes are absolutely going to happen. Equality of opportunity also brings with it an expectation of equality of ability to perform, and there are no ribbons for runners up in this game.

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SnippetFeb. 3, 13 8:55 AM

I have to admit, I am surprised. Not that the military is - whatever elaborate locutions and rationalizations they use - going to lower standards in order to meet a politically motivated quota. Nobody with a functioning brain is surprised by this. What does surprise me is how quickly it is being acknowledged. Granted, the acknowledgment is partly concealed by the typical verbal smoke screen, but it is has arrived ahead of schedule.

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