"If the going-in assumption is that physical standards are the only thing that needs to be examined, then we are also assuming that we have everything else just right," she wrote. "This is belied by our less-than-optimal performances in many instances during the past 12 years. Fixating on physical standards is a tactical-level approach that misses a strategic-level opportunity."
In focusing only on physical strength in violent situations, she said: "We diminish the importance of what are probably more important traits in soldiers: the ability to remain calm, focused, creative and quick-thinking in times of extreme duress. These are the traits that we should be measuring as we assess soldiers for combat specialties. Physical strength is important, but it shouldn't be the most important trait that we assess, and it certainly shouldn't become a way to filter out the Audie Murphys of our population."