The standards will never be lowered!
Remember that line fed to us over and over again by federal bureaucrats as they shoved their “inclusive” and “tolerant” agenda onto our military? Well, shock of the year: They lied.
Over the busy holiday weekend, the Marine Corps released new guidelines concerning physical standards. Most notably, service women were awarded a bump in weight limits.
"Female Marines will be allowed to weigh five to seven pounds more than before for each inch of their height," reports The Washington Post. "A 5-foot-6 woman, for example, was previously allowed to weigh up to 155 pounds, but can now be 161. A 5-foot-9 woman was allowed to be up to 169 pounds, but can now be 176."
Additionally, the body-fat standards will be loosened for both women and men. For example, the new changes will allow women in their late 30s "to have 28 percent body fat instead of 27. And men aged 36 can now have 20 percent body fat, which wasn't allowed under the old rules until they were 40 years old," notes The Marine Corps Times.
Another notable change detailed by the guidelines is the removal of a required pull-up physical fitness test. Women are already exempt from pull-ups, instead being measured by the much easier flexed-arm hang on a pull-up bar, but now men can bypass the tough requirements too! Both men and women will now do push-ups instead, because equality.
In a statement concerning the weight changes, the major general heading the Marine Corps Training and Education Command, James W. Lukeman, explained that the new standards address "stronger, faster and fitter" Marines, and the lax weight limits are actually "improving readiness and combat effectiveness of our Corps."
“Marines today are stronger, faster and fitter than ever and these changes reflect that,” said General Lukeman. “Bigger and stronger often means heavier, so tying performance on the PFT and CFT to changes to the Body Composition Program are improvements that we think the Marines will appreciate. In the end, it’s all about improving the readiness and combat effectiveness of our Corps, and the physical fitness of every Marine contributes to that.”
Though the changes are being framed as an "improvement," they're nothing more than a lessening of physical standards in order to accommodate more women into the military, i.e. filling unwritten diversity quotas.
I'm sure ISIS is trembling over our heroic inclusively...