Military Developing Unisex Test to Determine Which Soldiers Are Fit for Combat
In 2016, the Pentagon will begin opening up combat jobs to women in the military. To prepare for the change, researchers are developing a unisex test to determine which soldiers are physically fit for combat regardless of gender.
As of 2011, nearly 15 percent of the active-duty forces were women. Nearly 17 percent of those were officers, but females made up only three percent of the front-line units because they were barred from the infantry.
Unlike traditional fitness tests, involving running and pushups, these tests are related to actual battlefield duties.
Army Major General Mike Murray said, “This overall effort is about matching skillsets and attributes to the right job.”
In the Real Story segment above, Fox News reporter Jonathan Serrie tries out some of the tests.
Serrie tweeted this photo:
— Jonathan Serrie (@jonathanserrie) March 14, 2014