Should Military Standards Be Lowered for Women?
New questions are being raised about women in combat following the Army releasing the results of its physical fitness exam.
This was the first year that women were allowed to try out for U.S. Army Ranger School. The requirements included 49 push-ups in two minutes, 59 sit-ups in two minutes, six chin-ups and a five-mile run in under 40 minutes.
The U.S. military has said that it is trying to open up more ground combat jobs for women, but that has raised questions about a possible lowering of training standards.
Rachel Campos-Duffy asked on "Outnumbered" if you were in a dangerous situation, would you prefer to be with the males who are passing the tests or the females who are not passing?
"These are dangerous jobs," Campos-Duffy said. "I don't think the door should be closed to women, but they have to meet the standards. And I think that they should not change the standards to meet where the women are at. It's too important of a job. This isn't a corner office, this is the real deal."
Andrea Tantaros agreed that lowering the standards for women would be a huge mistake.
"If they can compete, absolutely," Tantaros said. "Women, if they want to be on the front lines, let them do it, if they can pass the tests."
Harris Faulkner pointed out that women also have other gifts that they could bring to the table, such as using their analytical skills as fighter pilots.
"You don't have to put us all in one box. We can do a lot of different things," Faulkner said.
Watch the full "Outnumbered' discussion above.
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