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Elaine Don­nelly, who runs the Cen­ter for Mil­i­tary Readi­ness, re­cently an­a­lyzed Marine Corps’ stud­ies on women in di­rect ground com­bat, and has con­cluded in a new re­port that the stud­ies make a strong case for keep­ing them out.

One ex­am­ple in the CMR re­port is a phys­i­cal strength study by the Corps’ Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mand, based on 409 male and 379 fe­male vol­un­teers. In a crit­i­cal test of up­per body strength, women av­er­aged less than four pull-ups, while men did about 15. The test raises the ques­tion of whether a woman would be able to help move a wounded Marine to safety on the bat­tle­field.

In another strength test, only 8.7 per­cent of women passed a weight-lifting ex­er­cise, com­pared with 80 per­cent of men.

“None of the USMC re­search re­sults pro­duced so far support ac­tivists’ the­o­ries that women can be phys­i­cal equals and in­ter­change­able with men in the com­bat arms,” Mrs. Don­nelly writes.

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