Marines see female athletes as new recruits


Before you read the article below, here’s the article that precipitated it:

Women Marines Can’t Pull Their Own Weight; Obama Plan To Put Women In Combat An Epic Fail So Far

Thirty women marines have tried, and thirty have failed—by huge margins I am referring to the U.S. Marine Corp’s Infantry Officer Course, and it has to be passed by any officer who aspires to lead marines in combat.

The latest woman to drop out of the course did so on the 11th day of a 13 week program In other words, she didn’t get very far.  But out of the thirty women who have tried, getting to day eleven turns out to be above average The longest any women have lasted (two) was to get to day 18.  That’s the third week of a 13 week course.

What’s causing the early washouts?  Two things:  Hikes of several miles in full packs, and doing pull ups. First let’s talk about the pull ups.  The Marines have already heavily watered down this requirement to a mere THREE pull ups.  That’s right, just three!

According to a Marine Corps study conducted in 2013, out of 318 women marines, the average number of completed pull ups was 1.63.  A total of 55% of women marines cannot meet the standard of three pullups.  Out of those who did manage 3 pull ups, 20% cheated with an extra lower body motion, called “kipping.”  That used to not count as a real pull up, but the Obama Administration is willing to cut any corners it needs to in order to achieve the political goal of women in combat.

You know that the Marines will not be allowed to let PT stand in the way of political correctness. So the physical standards will be lowered. 

Now for today’s article: Commandant wants to increase ratio of women to 1-in-10. 

The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women.

And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls’ high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps’ rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1-in-10.

“I’ve told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they’re working on it,” Neller told The Associated Press in an interview. “Go recruit more women. Find them. They’re out there.”

For years, only about 7 percent to 8 percent of the Corps, which numbers 184,200, has been women. It’s the smallest percentage of women among all the military services. But on the heels of the Pentagon decision to allow women who qualify to serve in combat jobs, thousands of new infantry, armor and other front-line posts are now open.

Neller said he wants to see women in some of those posts. That order now rests with Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of the Marine Corps’ recruiting command.

Kennedy is aggressively recruiting women for the service. He’s sending targeted mailings, changing advertising to better represent female Marines, and traveling the country to meet with coaches and female athletes who may be well-suited for the rigors of Marine service.

In particular, Neller believes female wrestlers are good candidates.

“We looked at that and said, ‘Wow, that’s kinda what we’re looking for,’ ” he said. “They’re disciplined, they’re fit, they’re focused on their mission.”