Three years after instituting “gender neutral” physical fitness standards, the Army has come to the shocking conclusion that men and women are different after all.
Early on, in Sept. 2019, preliminary scores made public of 11 battalions showed a stark performance divide between men and women, sparking criticism from soldiers and advocacy groups. Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, the commander of the Center for Initial Military Training, said in Nov. 2019 that the Army would likely make adjustments to the test over the next three to five years before it was right.
Just reading that, I was starting to become curious as to how they’d “adjust” a physical fitness test to make women more competitive with men. Perhaps include flexibility standards to offset the strength and endurance standards?
But then it became clear that what they’re considering is going back to having different standards for men and women.
Standards for transgender soldiers were not discussed, but that brings in a whole new problem: Are men that dress like women going to be measured by the male standards or the female standards?
But I digress.
Part of the problem is that physical fitness scores serve a significant role in eligibility for promotion in the military. I would assume that in the Army, which trends toward more physical roles in general than the Navy in which I served, this would be even more important.
With unisex standards and scoring, the men are, in general, going to significantly outscore the women, which, absent some sort of “grading on the curve” in the promotion process, would severely inhibit the women to gain promotions and recognition. Basically, pretending that men and women are the same (which is a primary plank of the feminist platform) results in the exact opposite of advancing the interests of women.
And it only took three years and untold millions of taxpayer dollars to reach the conclusion that any high school athlete could have told them for free.
Interestingly, I actually agree with the unified standards.
If a particular job in the military requires the performers of that job to be able to, say, run 1.5 miles in 10 minutes, or do 50 pushups in 2 minutes, or bench press 200 lbs, then those are what the standards should be. It doesn’t matter whether you have innie or outie plumbing, if that’s what the job requires, that’s what it requires. If you can’t meet the standards, you shouldn’t be in the job because in the military, your team-mates LIVES depend on you being able to do your job.
Either you can do it, or you can’t.
But we can’t have that, because it makes for unequal outcomes and in the world of the left, it’s not about equality of opportunity, it’s about equality of outcomes.