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Should women in the armed forces require the same testing standards as men?

Women form a significant role in the armed forces in many parts of the world, and as do the men are usually required to undergo regular fitness testing. In many cases there are different standards that the women are required to meet. Critics of this say that as both the men and women need to work under the same conditions they should be required to reach the same minimum fitness levels. On the other hand, due to women generally having lower physical capabilities such as lower strength and endurance etc., the setting of a standard test target for both sexes can be seen as a disadvantage, and even possibly discrimination. What do you think? See also this discussion about Fitness Testing in the Forces, and also a similar poll about whether the forces testing standards should be age-related.

Should women of the armed forces require the same fitness standards as men?


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