Training Standards & Health
January 3, 2002
A British Army doctor has confirmed that female soldiers are paying for "equal opportunities" with a much higher risk of injury than men during basic training. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Lt. Col. Ian Gemmell noted that women’s rates of injury doubled when co-ed basic training was introduced, due to differences in strength, bone mass, and stride length. . . Read More

January 1, 2002
Fifteen public policy and pro-defense organizations with membership in the millions have joined with CMR in asking the Department of Defense to put an end to gender-integrated basic training. A letter dated July 25, 2001, was addressed to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and co-signed by respected groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Independent Women’s Forum, the American Conservative Union, Coalitions for America, Concerned Women for America, the Center for Security Policy, and Freedom Alliance. Among other things, the letter noted that co-ed training was one of the most controversial policies of the Clinton Administration, and that there is no need to continue a form of training that is known to be inefficient and problematic. . . Read More

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