Awhile back, I reblogged a post from The Patriot Perspective about the problems with allowing women in the Marine Infantry School. In the comment section, I mentioned learning that, for the time being, the Marines were not going to “gender norm” the physical standards, i.e., they will not make it easier for women to pass than men, based on each gender’s physical capabilities.
Short Timer has been kind enough to elaborate on the issue, and it’s worth sharing. Beyond the basic question of “is she physically strong enough,” he details a few other reasons why women-as-combatants are problematic even if the answer is yes, she is physically strong enough:
- Chivalry is an innate male behavior which cannot be entirely eradicated, and it will interfere with mission accomplishment.
- Mixing young and healthy men and women together in will inevitably cause, um, distractions, and interfere with mission accomplishment (I discussed this issue regarding Navy ships here).
- Accommodating the personal, private, and hygienic needs of men and women in a confined and dangerous space is logistically difficult, and makes mission accomplishment more difficult.
Even more important than all of that, Short Timer says that the Marines will use something called “gender neutral” tests, and that quotas will be imposed. In other words, the Marines will simply lower the standards for both men and women, and require the Infantry School to pass at least “x” number of women.
You see, when I read over at Outside the Beltway that there would be no “gender norming,” i.e., no differing standards for men and women like we have in the Navy, I assumed that the standards would not be lowered at all.
Confirmation is right here:
“. . . there is a plan to evaluate male and female Marines against new physical fitness standards that are being developed.”
New physical fitness standards for both men and women are being developed. Tricky.
Important, too, are the quotas Short Timer mentioned. My own quick Google search does not unearth anything about quotas, i.e., requiring a military school to pass a certain number of females.
However. I specifically remember an old friend complaining about “the quota” when he was an instructor at Officer Candidate School. The requirement that at least 7% of the graduating class be female was a real source of frustration. It was hard to find that many female candidates worth their salt. (I think he said it was 7%. Wish I could ask him now.)
So, thanks for the additional info, Short Timer. And thanks for your service in God’s own Corps.
And read the whole thing, ya’ll. He includes a little Rule 5 bonus.
CORRECTION: My friend was an instructor at OCS (Officer Candidate School), not TBS (The Basic School) as I originally wrote. Whoops.
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