The American military is on the verge of becoming even more feminized as the Army mulls scrapping its new gender neutral fitness test due to large numbers of women failing to pass it.
The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) was designed to hold both male and female soldiers to the same set of physical fitness standards, which is a reflection of real-life battlefield conditions that pay no regard to a soldier’s gender. In today’s “triggered” social environment, however, this is apparently unacceptable.
Even though there are real-life consequences associated with not being physically fit enough to fight in a war, for instance, female soldiers who are unable to keep up with their male counterparts at the testing level are now demanding their own special set of physical fitness standards that are less rigorous and easier to achieve.
According to a recent Pentagon study, women currently fail the ACFT at a rate of about 65 percent – this compared to just 10 percent for men. This disparity has prompted Congress to halt the implementation of this “sexist” test while independent investigators evaluate whether or not it is “fair.”
The test includes six events: a maximum deadlift, a standing power throw, hand-release pushups, drag and carry, leg tuck, and a two-mile run. Those taking it are required to score at least 360 points out of a possible 600, and those on the higher scoring end of the spectrum are more likely to be promoted.
On average, female soldiers score 100 points lower on the ACFT than men do, which is easily explained by the fact that men are physical stronger, on average, than women. It really is as simple as that, no matter what outrage culture has to say about the matter.
Even so, changes are expected to come that will make it easier for women to pass the ACFT, producing a more equal outcome. Even if women are unable to physically perform at the same level as men, they would still receive a “passing” score under new proposed standards.
“Congress has now declared that the test in its current form should not be a factor in deciding whether someone gets promoted,” reported Nick Allen from the Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom).
“Expected changes include how core body strength is tested in the leg tuck. Instead of hanging from a bar and tucking legs to their chest, soldiers will instead be given the option of doing a two-minute plank exercise. Early research showed female soldiers’ scores improved with the plank option.”
If men and women are “equal,” shouldn’t there be equal tests for all?
One Army official has also suggested using gender specific percentile groupings when evaluating test scores for promotional consideration. Rather than using raw scores among both males and females as a standard baseline, men and women would be separated and categorized in the various percentiles.
In other words, the military is having to admit that men and women are different, but only because women feel as though they are getting the short end of the stick. If things were the other way around and men were performing at something worse than women, there would most likely be silence.
“We have to figure out a way to make it fair to both genders,” an Army official told Military.com.
All U.S. soldiers have had the ability to take the ACFT as is since October. Scores from the test will not count towards promotions until March 2022.
What this all goes to show, of course, is that women only want “equality” when it benefits them. In this case, the ACFT does not benefit them when applied equally so suddenly there must be two sets of rules once again that give women an advantage.
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