Not sure if this should go here or not. Another thread regarding Gender laws etc made me think to post this and look for opinions. I am very much for equal rights for all races, genders, religions etc. However, why do rules and standards have to change because of it? Thats not very equal. While in the Army I served in a unit that does not allow women to even sign up and attempt to qualify, so my experience is a little different. However with other jobs/units/roles for a female to graduate basic training etc the standards are lowered regarding physical training. This also crosses over to other jobs that are traditionally dominated by men (law enforcement etc). Do women actually think its fair to have standards lowered just so they can obtain these jobs that they may really not be qualified for? Now dont get me wrong, in my experience I have met women that would torch some guys I know in physical fitness in both strength and endurance, Im not speaking about them. Im talking about the 51 tall female that weighs 105 pounds that could not lift my almost 200 pound ass out of a firefight, or help me with an arrest if the event got physical with a group of very large men before back up shows. And no, there is only so much self defense training the academy offers. The men that cannot do these jobs flunk out because they cannot meet the standards. By lowering them for females you are putting people in positions that may not be able to handle the job. If you can do the job, great sit next to me and let us get the job done. But I wouldnt feel comfortable having someone watching my back that I feel I would have to keep an eye on. Its a possible distraction in a dangerous situation. I dont fault people for having the ambition to take on tough jobs and careers, however, the standards should not be lowered as much as they are to accommodate them.