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Jan 13
The Stream

Women’s combat readiness

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The Stream (Al Jazeera)

More than half of female Marine recruits failed a pull-up test, one of the new standards used to judge combat job readiness. As a result, the Marine Corps delayed implementing the test, causing some to wonder whether women will be ready for combat by the Defense Department’s 2016 deadline. But, are these types of standards the best test for women’s combat preparedness?

On this epidose of The Stream, we speak to:

Jessie Jane Duff @JessieJaneDuff
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Elliot Ackerman @ElliotAckerman
Former Marine Corps Officer

Kim Olson @graceafterfire
Retired Air Force Colonel

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