29 Oct '13, 9pm

Report: DoD drafting new, job-specific physical fitness standards

Report: DoD drafting new, job-specific physical fitness standards

Opening up the combat arms career fields for women will result in a new array of job-specific physical standards that will apply to both men and women, the Pentagon’s top personnel and readiness official said Tuesday. “You, as the man or woman, need to carry your load. So when we develop the standard, the standard is not just going to be for the females. The standard is going to be the standard,” said Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Wright is overseeing the process of opening up all military jobs to women by 2016, including more than 200,000 billets that make up the core of the ground-level combat forces in the Army and Marine Corps. The four services are developing a new set of job-specific physical standards. She said military officials are consulting with fitness experts, occupational therapists and other medical and health ...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131029/NEWS05/3...

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