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Continued: Army study gives women a taste of combat

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR and RUSS BYNUM ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Last update: February 26, 2014 - 6:52 PM

The volunteers at Fort Stewart include a mix of combat veterans and newcomers, but it didn’t take long for the group to jell.

“It was almost like a high school dance where you had the guys over here and the girls over there,” Murray said. “A week later, it was amazing how fast teams form.”

Exactly what sort of fitness tests or standards will come out of the Army’s study remains to be seen. There are no current fitness requirements for serving in combat beyond the Army’s standard physical fitness test for all soldiers, which grades men and women on different scales.

Arvizu said she found the heavy lifting humbling. And though she felt encouraged by her male colleagues, she had no desire to give up driving a truck and join a combat unit. “It’s not that I came, I saw and conquered,” she said. “But I came, I saw and I did my best.”

 

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