How can a person not strong enough to do three pull-ups during a drill still be expected to climb ropes, scale walls and do other physically demanding activities in a war zone?
On January 1, female Marines became subject to the new standard of minimum fitness—the same standard men were subject to. One of the requirements was the ability to do three pull-ups. Now, the minimum fitness standard has been delayed, since more than half of female recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, failed the test in late 2013. As the Associated Press reported, this delay “rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016.”