Report: 84% of Women Fail New Army Combat Fitness Test

By Kharen Martinez Murcia | November 8, 2019 | 11:08am EST
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( – In a new report, the Center for Military Readiness says that 84% of women fail the New Army Combat Fitness Test and that “all military officials should drop the ‘gender diversity’ agenda and put mission readiness and ‘combat lethality’ first.”

“It makes no sense for recruiters to devote more time and money recruiting ‘gender diverse’ trainees who are more likely to be injured, less likely to want infantry assignments, and less likely to remain through basic training or physically-demanding combat arms assignments for twenty years or more,” states the  CMR report.

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On the other side of the issue, the Department of Defense Women in Service Review says it “conducted an extensive review of all laws and policies concerning women in the armed forces” in 2011 and 2012, taking into consideration “the outstanding performance of more than 280,000 women who deployed and served alongside men in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

 As a result, in 2016, after what the DOD describes as “five years of extensive research, analysis, and scrutiny,” the Department decided to eliminate restrictions on what positons women could hold in the military, opening 213,600 positons that had been closed to women and 52 “closed military occupational specialties.”  

According to the Department of Defense, 16% of the overall active duty force is comprised of females, with 170,000 women enlisted and over 40,000 women officers.

“[T]hese occupations, positions, and platforms will be available for the assignment of all men or women who meet the validated occupational standards,” said the DOD report. “Anyone, regardless of gender, who can meet operationally relevant standards, will have the opportunity to serve in any position.”

The Center for Military Readiness argues against policy changes to allow women to serve in the infantry or in “direct ground combat.”

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 “Pentagon leaders pushed for gender quotas of 25-30 percent of women and 10 percent in the Marine Corps,” which the CMR says led to lowering the requirements with the implementation of the “gender- neutral” Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). 

In this ACFT, women have “a high failure rate,” states the CMR report. The final results will not be released until October 2020 but the report contends that the results will not change “the inevitable: more female injuries, less-demanding training for men, and overall standards that are ‘equal’ but lower than before.”

“Women are serving with courage as they always have,” said the CMR. “But in two major categories – unequal physical capabilities and sexual misconduct – signs of a failing social experiment are increasingly obvious.” 

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