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With recent talks about removing the restrictions for allowing women on the front lines of combat, the question has been raised if this will weaken the military. We already allow women to serve as police and firefighters while meeting lower physical standards.

Have any studies shown a significant increase/decrease in performance when allowing in women who only meet the lower standards?

What is the rationale for allowing lower standards for women?

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    There is no indication standards will be set differently in the military so this question is a bit of a incongruous. In fact, given that each branch is setting their own standards over the next several months/years, with exceptions in roles still permitted, its highly unlikely this will occur as you postulate. – Michael Kingsmill Feb 13 '13 at 5:17
  • @MichaelKingsmill, it is highly likely. No one expected standards to be lowered for Police/Firefighters either, but then someone sues because not enough women can pass the tests. Then because of disparet impact, under Title VII the government has to make sure that the test isn't biased against women, or if it is they have a vital need to discriminate in that regard. – user1873 Feb 13 '13 at 5:21
  • @MichaelKingsmill, actually lower standards for women has already occurred. The Army APFT standards are already lower for women. – user1873 Feb 13 '13 at 5:54
  • I would appreciate any objctive measure (injuries, lives lost, etc) I just dont know what metrics are currently in use. – user1873 Feb 13 '13 at 19:36
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    I think you could improve the question by a) focusing on either police or firefighters. They do completely different things so the effects are going to be shown in different ways. b) showing how the standards were actually lowered and c) focusing on specific metrics for the evaluation. It is possible you could have several questions you could ask. If they are all good questions they will be well received. If they are have half thought as this is then they will be received as this question has been. – SoylentGray Feb 13 '13 at 21:10

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