For example, to work in a tank, women will have to demonstrate the ability to repeatedly load 55-pound tank shells, just as men are required to do.No more double standards. I approve.
Infantry troops routinely carry backpacks with 60 or 70 pounds of gear, or even more. The most common injury in Afghanistan is caused by roadside bombs. This raises the question of whether a female combat soldier would be able to carry a 200-pound male colleague who has been wounded.
January 24, 2013
"Pentagon officials repeatedly stressed that there will be 'gender-neutral standards' for combat positions."
From NPR's "Women In Combat: 5 Key Questions."