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I agree with nearly everything in "What warriors know" (Comment & Analysis, April 18). However, meeting initial physical standards, reduced or not, is not a sufficient standard for allowing women to enter a combat field. A major point of the article in Marine Corps Gazette written by Capt. Katie Petronio, to whom the piece referred, was that Capt. Petronio did meet the standards and by all accounts was in great physical shape for a female Marine. The problem was that the extended exposure to the physical demands of being in a combat environment slowly beat down her body such that she has experienced numerous short- and long-term problems. Men's bodies are built differently and are stronger, yet even many of them have difficulties with the extended combat environment.
Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September.