Women can do ANYTHING men can doPosted: November 27, 2012 | |
Except make it in the Infantry apparently.
WOW. NEVER saw this coming. So, the Military is stepping up the “gender equality” card and is now offering women the opportunity to volunteer for IOC (Infantry Officer Course). Well 2 women stepped up. Read the article, and notice the comment I quoted. I knew this was going on and had been EAGERLY awaiting the results, well, now…the USMC has reported it’s findings.
I’m linking the article for reference purposes but this to me was the big take away- of 80 canidates that were eligible, only 2….TWO women volunteered. One washed out THE FIRST DAY, and the other was booted for medical purposes a month later. The USMC has been testing female strength and endurance by having them lift a heavy machine gun above their heads while wearing a 71-pound rucksack, marching 12 miles in less than five hours carrying a 71-pound rucksack.
Read more: Few female Marines step forward for infantry – Washington Times
This comment got my attention-
“As a former Marine officer who got out earlier this year, I can say that the problem is quite simply almost every woman simply CANNOT TAKE the physical strain of being in the infantry. (I probably wouldn’t have made it myself, had I chosen infantry). Of all the women that served under me, with me, or over me in my 5 years on active duty, I know precisely ONE that I would have no doubts about her ability to be an infantry Marine. A few others talked big, but if you don’t have a minimum 280 PFT, you’ve got no chance at IOC.
One of the major physical events at the IOC (infantry officer course) that this article did NOT tell you about: O-E-O-E-O:
Carrying a rifle and about 30 pounds of gear, the O is the obstacle course (you can probably youtube it pretty easily – Marine Corps Obstacle Course), the E is the Endurance Course – 5 miles through wooded, hilly terrain with various obstacles in the last 2.5 miles. When doing just the O-E (Obstacle course immediately leading into the Endurance course), which every TBS Lieutenant has to do, average time is about 65-70 minutes. They have to do it twice, with the obstacle course in the middle and on the ends, meaning running about 10 miles over 2.5 hours with 30 pounds of gear and a rifle. I would say 98% of women I know simply could not complete this event alone.
Women already have vastly lowered standards for physical performance. *In the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT), currently for males under 27, for a 3 mile run, requires 18 minutes for maximum points, and an absolute minimum of 28 minutes (anything higher is an automatic failure). For females, maximum score is just a 21 minutes 3 miles, and the minimum is 31 minutes. A MASSIVE difference – and yet males have a HIGHER average score than females, despite the lowered standard!”
Color me shocked. I often argued the “lower standard” women have on the PFT. And the body fat ratio allowed for women is WAY higher than it is for men. It’s pretty moot to argue at this point in my career. But you’ll hear women BRAG about how few push ups or sit ups the have to do.
But don’t take my word for it. Curl up= sit-up. In order to pass you have to get above a “good” score.
2 things really piss me off in the military- fatties and people that can’t pass their PFT (physical fitness test).Before we went to Kuwait, we had to do 2 weeks of training at Camp Pendelton were we were issued gear- Flak and our Alice pack.The flak weighed 45 pounds. Then we got yoked up and had to complete TCCC
He’s wearing a mask because they fire sim-rounds at you. I took this EXACT same course in Rota Spain (my last duty station, I was an instructor too.) before I went to Kuwait and had to do it again in flak at Pendleton (and had sim rounds fired at me btw…and those fuckers HURT when they pop you). Well when we did the course in Pendleton in flak, guess who struggled? We had three women, THREE, that did well.
Now, please note, we had 16 woman in Fox company. When they needed an HM to go with the FAST company at Beuhring because they were going into Iraq, I volunteered. The Squad Leader (SSGT Benson) asked me if I knew how to fire and he went over a few things needed to keep in mind while in an MRAP. I got yoked up (you ARE NOT allowed to take photos) and was issued my rifle, gear and 3 grenades. I can honestly can tell I was sporting about 120 pounds of shit. But Danny’s smart- I divvied up most of my medical gear among the squad. I gave all of them tourniquets and quick clot (speeds up coagulation). I set IV stations in all the vehicles and set up each vehicle how I liked it to make me more efficient. I fit in PERFECTLY with the squad. When their HM went on leave, guess who they asked for again? lol.
In summation, the WP article didn’t surprise me.