Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard : NPR

Eclectic Cyborg12/27/2013 8:22:33 pm PST

This is a difficult thing. Generally speaking, men have more upper body strength than women. That upper body strength is important when doing pull ups.

On the one hand this could be a case of the Marines simply wanting universal fitness requirements regardless of gender.

However, it could also be a sneaky way of trying to ensure as few women as possible actually make it to combat. I suspect for some in the higher ranks the idea of women in combat is a bad one.