STUDY: THE WEAKER SEX
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.