Army may change “gender-neutral physical test” because women aren’t performing as well as men

by Peter Heck · Mar 15th, 2021 7:44 am

Last Updated Mar 17th, 2021 at 4:25 am

Due to self-evident physiological differences between men and women, the United States Army is reportedly planning to eliminate its current "gender-neutral physical test." The test of strength, agility, and stamina is given equally to men and women in the army, but the results have proven to be anything but equal.

"In the ACFT [Army Combat Fitness Test] there are six events – the maximum deadlift, a standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, a sprint, drag and carry, leg tuck, and a two-mile run," a congressional report stated.

Currently, approximately 90% of men are passing the test, while 65% of women are failing it. Those results weren't a one-year anomaly. Last year, 46% of women passed the test, while 93% of men did.

One solution being discussed is to have two different evaluation standards for men and women.

Not everyone is excited about the potential change. The first female infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Captain Kristen Griest, objected to the idea of lowering fitness standards for women. She said that "will hurt the Army, and women."


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