1,000 internet points to the first person to tell me the movie reference from the title of this post.
They call the Army’s new fitness standards “controversial” but I don’t really understand why.
Internal Army figures from April show 44% of women failed the ACFT, compared to 7% of men since Oct. 1. “Female soldiers continue to lag male soldier scores in all events,” according to a United States Army Forces Command briefing obtained by Military.com.
The story linked above is actually old, but it was brought back to my attention by an article about a recent “scandal” wherein someone leaked a date that the Army was going to fully implement the new standards and start using them for promotion evaluations and performance reviews…which the Army promptly denied.
But what I don’t understand is why this is controversial. Feminists on the left claim that gender roles are a social construct and that women can do anything that men can do, so they should be all for using the same standards for everyone right?
As far as I’m concerned, I don’t really care what race, creed, color, gender, sex, or species a military member is, as long as they are capable of performing the job. The job doesn’t change depending on those listed attributes, so from my perspective, the fitness standards SHOULD be the same for everyone who claims they can do the job.
I wouldn’t have a problem with different standards for, say, supply clerks, than for infantrymen in the Army, but the army is the only service that this applies to because the other services have common denominators. In the Marines, everyone is a rifleman so the standards should be the same across the board (except for special forces, which should be, and are, higher). In the Navy you’re all on the same ship and everyone has a job during emergencies or General Quarters. If there’s a fire on the ship, I’d feel much better knowing that everyone on board is just as capable of fighting it as everyone else…so the Navy should have equal standards. Same for the Coast Guard. The Air Force should have equal standards but for the opposite reason…It’s a country club so their standards could easily be “can you get up off the couch once per day?…Pass”. Don’t know much about the Space Force but I’d guess it’s equivalent with the Air Force.
At any rate, my point is that it makes perfect sense to me (and I’ve always thought it should be so) that the standards should be…well…standard – for everyone. The job doesn’t change depending on whether you’ve got innie or outie genitals, so the fitness standards for holding that job should be the same as well.
The Army is implementing that, so what’s the problem?
Especially since the military is now going woke, so every weakling guy who shouldn’t be there in the first place could easily claim to identify as female in order to have lower standards applied.
I wonder if they’d let me in the Officer’s Club if I identify as an Admiral trapped in a Chief’s body?