AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
October 6, 2015
The Real War on Women!
In 2012, the Marines initiated scientific research on the physical and operational consequences of assigning women to combat arms units such as infantry, armor, artillery, and Special Operations Forces.
Hundreds of male and female Marines volunteered for nine months of tests with the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. During field exercises simulating ground combat, University of Pittsburgh experts used body-monitoring and other scientific methods to gather empirical data reflecting actual experience, not theory.
A recently-released summary reported that all-male task force teams outperformed their mixed-gender counterparts in 69 percent (93 of 134) ground combat tasks.
Because men have ten times more androgenic hormones, which determine muscle size and power, not a single study has shown that training can overcome significant load-carriage and endurance gaps between men and women. Lives and missions depend on these factors.
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