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January 13, 2014

Let women rise to Marines' standards

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It is not as though it is impossible for women to do pull-ups. But for many women, the task will require special training.

Polly de Mille, an exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, told Fox News that the cards are stacked against women, physiologically, to do pull-ups. 

“I certainly know many women who’ve struggled to do it and I think we’re at a genetic disadvantage, (it’s) just the way we’re set up and where our muscle mass is,” de Mille said. “But I think it’s do-able and I understand why they think it’s something an infantry person should be able to do.”

It is not unreasonable to suggest that any woman who wishes to make it as Marine could undertake such training. We would prefer to see the best-qualified women succeed, rather than the standards diluted unnecessarily. 

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