A new debate has been sparked of within the military raising questions over do women really have the necessary physical for military jobs. This debate came in effect after it was found that most of the female Marines were unable to perform even three pull ups, which was the minimum standard for women to apply for combat jobs. Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman, said that Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos wanted some of the training officials “continue to gather data and ensure that female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed.”
Krebs said that this new year, female Marines were expected to do minimum of three pull ups as a part of their annual fitness test and eight to attain a perfect score. However, they had observed that only 45 percent of women were able to meet this requirement.
The Marines had incorporated the pull ups test as they believed that pull ups are the pre-requisite to attain the necessary strength to perform various activities like climbing a rope, scaling a wall and carrying or lifting some heavy munitions. Officials had priorly ensured that there was not any medical risk to put three pull ups as a part of test.
Following this survey some new policies were brought in place wherein women can chose between two options of their choice to pass the test. The two options stand as:
—Three pull-ups minimum. Three pull ups are also minimum for male Marines, but they need at least 20 for a perfect rating.
—A flexed-arm hang. The minimum time is for 15 seconds. However, women will get a perfect score if they last for 70 seconds. This test is not applicable for men.
Officials said that flex-arm hang are not sufficient to define the necessary muscular strength required for military tasks, whereas pull-ups certainly do!