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  •  Task based standards are the way to go (8+ / 0-)

    Hiring of women went up dramatically when those were put in place in fore departments. A lot of women who don't look good on a pull-up bar look great hauling hose and carrying dummies. Better than a lot of men with higher PFT scores.

    The thing is that real tasks allow women to adapt their approach to their own biomechanical strengths. There's more than one way to exert a force with your arms, and not all of them involve brute-forcing it with your pecs.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:18:12 PM PST

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    •  Just for reference... (2+ / 0-)
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      randomfacts, CJ WIHorse

      The Canadian Forces have allowed women into all combat roles, infantry included, for years, and women demonstrated they could do the job in combat in Afghanistan where our troops were for over a decade.

      Just like they proved being gay had no effect on combat effectiveness.

      So once again, what? Is someone claiming that Americans are incapable of doing something their neighbours to the north can yet one more time?

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