Marine Corps Study Shows That Men Are Better In Ground Combat Than WomenNot only that, but they reported that experimental mixed units of men and women didn't perform as well as the all-male units.
An experimental Marine Corps study looking at female integration into ground combat units has determined that women perform far worse than men.
I sure hope they didn't spend too much money on that. But it's not just the Fed.gov, its the .Mil, and they're not known for extreme frugality.
Skepticism aside, there are interested snippets in the study. To list a few:
- All-male squads were faster and had greater accuracy in firing weapons, by a margin of 44 percent to 28 percent (hits on target). In my mind, I'd thought that women would work well in several roles in the modern military, including as snipers. Maybe not? I can think of a half dozen women who would be terrifying snipers right off the top of my head.
- All-male crews “had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties.” Probably because
- “females possessed 15 percent less power than males,” and that “the female top 25th percentile overlaps with the bottom 25th percentile for males.”
- “Male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top.”
- Women also were more likely to be injured, according to the study. The British Ministry of Defence, found that because of physiological differences, women are burdened with musculoskeletal injuries at a rate 10 times higher than men. If a woman has to carry a pack more than 25 percent of her body weight, her risk of injury skyrockets by five.
“the brutal and extremely physical nature of direct ground combat, often marked by close, interpersonal violence.”James Blake Miller.
It further argues that the nature of battle “remains largely unchanged throughout centuries of warfare, despite technological advancements.”