The Few, the Proud, the Physically Fit

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WASHINGTON (AP) — New physical standards established so women can compete for combat posts in the Marine Corps have weeded out many of the female hopefuls. But data obtained by The Associated Press shows they're also disqualifying some men.
In the last five months, 6 out of 7 female recruits — and 40 out of about 1,500 male recruits — failed to pass the new regimen of pull-ups, ammunition-can lifts, a three-mile run and combat maneuvers required to move on in training for combat jobs.
The tests are taken about 45 days into basic training. They force recruits who fail into other, less physically demanding Marine jobs. The Marine commandant says that is making the Corps stronger.
The high failure rate for women raises questions about how well integration can work.