- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Marine Corps announced quietly that it is delaying its pullup requirement for women, because most recruits would be unable to pass the test.

Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was to be required to do three pullups, but that measure has been put off until some time next year, Lance Cpl. Ally Beiswanger told NPR.

More than half of female recruits tested at the end of boot camp couldn’t do three pullups. The Marines said they delayed the requirement to avoid losing recruits and current female Marines.

Women will be allowed to enter ground combat in 2016.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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