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April 9, 2013

Women Fail Marine Infantry Officer Course, Again

Results of the USMC’s second attempt to measure women’s performance in their Infantry Officer Course have been reported. The second experiment again consisted of two female volunteers attempting the Marine Corps Infantry Officer’s Course. Both women failed the course the first day when unable to complete an obstacle in the time allotted.

In the first test last year, one of the two female candidates failed the PT test the first day, and the second failed a week later based on her inability to maintain the pace physically.

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  • Buffalo

    Albeit, if a female can pass the same prerec to qual for the spot. Its on her to pas/fail. If she falls too far behind she will be pulled. I say give it a shot. We already have a history of fems trying. Now it'll be made public in real time.

  • emeraldseatown

    Lotus4za There is waste; every slot filled by someone who has a high chance of washing out is a slot that cannot be given to someone who will probably pass. SF training programs are expensive and limited in availability, so letting a dozen women try to be GI Jane with the SEALs will ultimately deprive the Navy of 3-4 SEAL graduates. If you can't pass, you shouldn't take a slot away from someone who can.  If you probably can't pass, you shouldn't take a slot away from someone who probably can. The trouble is that there are virtually no women who are more likely to pass these Special Forces schools than the male competition for their spot, so letting them try in the name of equality is still wasting valuable training resources.

  • Lotus4za

    Indeed there is . Wieght standards too. Apparently 5'2" is minimum, but waviers can be accepted. Well this was educational, and nothing to do with the point I was making. - Your Hot Shot


    Lotus4za There are height standards in the military 15 pull up hotshot.

  • Lotus4za

    Theres no waste in allowing people to pursue that in which they are passionate about. If someone passes the required pre-reqs to get into an intense assessment and selection process such as Marine infantry, SEALS, Rangers, SF ECT... then they should be given equal opprotunity to FAIL or PASS. Its the opprotunity that is important not the fact that they can try out. Nobody is stopping some 4'7" asian dude from trying out becasue he has a Pen!s... Whereas a 5'7" female who can do 20 pull-ups (like me) have been blocked from any such opprotunity reguardless of potential.