With only 45 percent of female recruits able to meet the minimum boot camp standard for pull-ups, the United States Marine Corps has delayed changes to its physical fitness standards for women.
Using the same requirements and standards, male Marines had a 1 percent failure rate.
The standards which were to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, are on hold indefinitely to give units more time to bring their troops to the three to eight pull-up minimum.
These changes are a reflection of the rapidly expanding role of female Marines in combat-related jobs. These demand a more universal set of standards for all Marines in accordance to the guidance handed down in 2012-2013 by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Only three of the 39 women who began the Marine Corps infantry training course in Nov. of this year were able to successfully complete it. They are the first females across all branches to qualify as infantry troops.
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