The Great “Women In The Military” Pull-Up Throw Down!

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UPDATE! The Great “Women In The Military Pull-Up Throw Down” is TODAY! 2:00pm. If you’re a member of the Natural Truth, you’ll be able to watch, listen and snark it on your laptop or tablet!

Carrie, who works with Barry Armstrong (of the “Barry and Kim” Show) at Armstrong Advisory Group, overheard my comments Monday about the Marines’ low standards for female recruits.  I was talking about this story:

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pull-ups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.

The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016…

Starting with the new year, all female Marines were supposed to be able to do at least three pullups on their annual physical fitness test and eight for a perfect score. The requirement was tested in 2013 on female recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., but only 45 percent of women met the minimum, Krebs said.

The Marines had hoped to institute the pullups on the belief that pullups require the muscular strength necessary to perform common military tasks such as scaling a wall, climbing up a rope or lifting and carrying heavy munitions

The problem is all that “climbing” and “scaling” and “carrying” stuff. It’s part of a Marines’ job description, and most women just can’t do it.  And as I’ve reported before, the biological differences between women and men are so great that trying to integrate women into the military really isn’t worth the cost/hassle/effort:

The stupidity and wrong-headedness of the Obama administration’s “women in combat” decision has nothing to do with the proper social position of women and everything to do with indisputable, biological fact.

Facts reported by professor Kingsley Browne of Wayne State University, author of the book “Co-ed Combat”:

“Inclusion of women in (combat) roles results in a segment of the force that is physically weaker, more prone to injury (both physical and psychological), less physically aggressive, able to withstand less pain, less willing to take physical risks, less motivated to kill, less likely to be available to deploy when ordered to (partly, but not exclusively because of pregnancy), more expensive to recruit, and less likely to remain in the service even for the length of their initial contracts.”

Carrie disagrees, and she told me so during Monday’s show.  “It’s ridiculous to say women can’t do three pull-ups,” she told me. “It’s not women–it’s all the fat people out there. Americans are just out of shape.”

But the Marines aren’t having a problem with the standards for everyone–just for women. “It’s an upper-body-strength issue,” I told Carrie. “Women just can’t do pull-ups.”

‘Yes, we can!” she insisted. So I took a $20 bill out of my pocket and said “Put your money where your mouth is.”

Which is why, live on the air during today’s show, Carrie is going to attempt to do three pull-ups, military-style. Overhand, not under, three pull-ups in a row, and no feet on the floor.

The reputation of the entire female sex is on the line! Will Carrie carry the day, or will her hopes be left hangin’?  Tune in Tuesday and find out!

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