Many commentators suggest that women in the military should be allowed to join the combat infantry if they can do the same military training as men.
The problem is, they cannot. If I recall correctly, they do not even undergo the same basic training.
A reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog offered that men and women in the military are judged by different fitness standards and that this breeds resentment in men.
The reader writes:
In the military, men and women are scored on different scales for their branch's particular physical training test, and their scores greatly impact their job evaluation. The tests also serve as a sort of pass/fail barrier to entry to some elite military schools like Ranger School in the Army, seen as the 'must-do' for all junior Infantry officers wishing to make it past captain. In the Maneuver world, where leaders are expected to score above the 90th percentile on these physical tests, you're going to see fierce resistance from male soldiers and Marines who dislike their female competition being graded on a different (easier) scale. I wouldn't be surprised if they make the women who try to get into these units meet male physical standards.
These courses are incredibly physically demanding, and most men fail. It sounds bad to say it, but it might be a long time before we see a woman graduate wither from Ranger School or the Marine Corps Infantry Officers Course. The women who were handpicked by the Army and Marine Corps over the past few years to test the waters by going through those schools all failed, and failed badly.
What exactly is the point of opening combat positions to women when they will never qualify?
Heather MacDonald and others are surely correct to say that the military will inevitably be forced to lower its standards.