Originally posted by Miraj
Men that continuously say that men are faster and stronger then women, well they probably aren't in a place to see that they're wrong.
On a daily basis I run about seven miles.. And I outpace any man I see, even the bros who clearly go through about three protein shakes a day and
spend their time power lifting. Guess who out paces me? All the girls who are clearly hardcore athletes. There can be some disparities in physical
strength, but I don't believe to the point that it matters.. I've seen plenty of women that are much better fighters than men. Sometimes being
smaller is a complete advantage that most won't see.
I admire your spirit Madam, I really do. I once had a Commander in the Army who when I was a 32 year old Second Lieutenant (had to commission into a
regular branch – in this case Military Intelligence) counsel me to work on my two mile run time.
He was an avid runner you see, weighing in at like a massive 120 lbs or so and all of like 5'3" he ran his two miles in around 10 minutes. I at
5'9" and over 200 ran about 13:45 certainly not the best but not bad. Anyway, I was already Special Forces qualified having attended the course as
an enlisted guy. He used to whoop it up about how he could outrun an SF guy and all that. He could without a doubt smoke me at a two mile run.
Funny, though we had to do this road march every quarter or so. 12 miles in under 3 hours with 35lbs. See for me this is a joke. I did the march in
under 2 hours and he finished around 2:30 (which is a good time btw) for anyone. At the end I waited to weigh my ruck knowing what he was going to
say. He was going to give me the "35lbs is like 1/3 of his body weight speech". So he hung his ruck at 35lbs exactly... Then I hung mine at
As he walked away I told him as long as combat takes place on a track and in shorts and tennis shoes he might indeed win. However, being a combat
veteran of SF I never left the team room for a mission with less than 100lbs of gear for some missions even more. The average infantryman carries
about 40-60 lbs or more without even having a ruck. Paratoopers when jumping into combat can be carrying more than their own body weight including
the 60 pounds of chute.
Regardless of his "wind" because of his size he'd never be able to keep up on a team.
It’s just a fact. Sorry. Combat is not 7 miles in tennis shoes and shorts. It’s with 100+ pounds of gear. We try to make it weigh less and
less and we are getting better but fact is no one's body can carry more than half their body weight very long without serious detrimental effects -
regardless of their condition or aerobic ability. The human body just will collapse.
That is why out of 12 guys on my A team at one time not a one passed the Army weight standards. Made body fat standards but never weight. Also,
according to my BMI of 31 I am obese...loll. Right - even at 46 and retired for some time I still only have 14% body fat.
I don't see many women passing Ranger school or the SF Q course any time soon without some serious standard lowering. Even basic infantry school
would be hard for 99% of women.
That said, I have deployed with some high-speed female operators in the field of intelligence and support (assigned to special mission units). In
these instances they were invaluable for cover purposes and usually when it came to field craft they were really good at their jobs. However, in all
instances these missions were while dangerous not direct action missions.
However good they were at their skills they were a novelty at best - you know why?
Because for a man to be in a special mission unit in the same position he’s have to be at least Ranger qualified if not SF as well. Also, they
didn't have to meet the same pre-quall standards for a team physically.. Lower standards all around.
Until that changes they will never be accepted as a full team member.
Then there is the inevitable - on almost every mission to which I had a female operator there ended up being some sort of romance within the group.
If it was a long mission often a love triangle too add to that. Usually extra-marital on at least one party’s part and always the source of tension
and jealousy within the unit. No one wants a constant reminder around that they are not getting any.... It is just a pain in the butt to lead a
unit to accomplish a mission through all that drama.
Sorry, this is going to be a nightmare - I am just glad I won't be there to see it.