MARINES UNSURE WHETHER WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO PULL-UPS

MARINES UNSURE WHETHER WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO PULL-UPS

Marine Corps officials are still not sure if women will be required to perform pull-ups under new service-wide fitness standards. Even so, a strongly worded message from the commandant encourages Marines to keep building upper body strength in anticipation of a modification to the Physical Fitness Test. Any changes are delayed until at least June 30, according to the message. Even if women are required to begin performing pull-ups, they will have until the start of the next PFT season, January 1, 2015, a Marine spokeswoman said. Until then, female Marines will have the option of doing pull-ups or the traditional flexed-arm hang, which they must hold for at least 15 seconds to earn a passing score. Recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., will continue to perform pull-ups to allow the service to gather more data. While Marine administrative message 035/14, signed by Gen. Jim Amos, offers no details about what will be implemented when all is said and done, it does say Marines should assume that pull-ups “will become the single standard measure of physical fitness.”

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1 comment to MARINES UNSURE WHETHER WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO PULL-UPS

  • debbie

    If the women can’t do the same they shouldnt get paid the same. Modifications should not be made for them. When they are in battle they have to be able to physically remove an injured fellow marine. If they can’t do a pullup how will they physically be able to carry a large fellow marine. They will have to leave them there which could result in death. Women do not have the physical strength like men so they should not be paid to do something that they cannot do.

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