London, Great Britain—The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering lowering the Special Forces entry requirements to give women a better chance at succeeding.

The nature of the SAS and SBS selection process, requiring extreme upper body fitness, amongst others, is thought by some to be discriminating towards women, who naturally have smaller body frames and muscular mass.

The MoD, thus, is considering allowing women to carry lighter loads and have more time to complete the marches. But the MoD is only considering these changes for the initial selection phase.

The SAS and SBS ran a common selection course at Brecon Beacons in Wales. Those who wish to join the ranks of Britain’s elite must first pass the basic army physical test. Thereafter, the physical nightmare begins. Aspirants must complete long ruck-marches, with loads weighing up to 60lbs, through the ankle-twisting Welsh hills.

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron had announced the removal of a ban excluding women from serving in close combat roles by 2019.

“The chief of [the] general staff has recommended that we lift the ban on women in close ground combat, a view that has been supported by the other service chiefs,” had said Cameron in 2016.

“It is vital that our armed forces are world-class and reflect the society we live in. Lifting this ban is a major step. It will ensure the armed forces can make the most of all their talent and increase opportunities for women to serve in the full range of roles.”

Some, however, aren’t convinced. Lowering standards, for men or women, to be fairer and/or more politically correct is hurting unit morale and operational effectiveness.