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Old 10-10-2019, 03:28 PM
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If that one specific test is really testing overall physical ability, Really Not All That Bright, you might be right; though it seems unlikely that it's doing that, as women did at least as well on all the other such tests; and it's also possible that female recruits tend to be less fit relative to their own individual capabilities than men are, at the time of first being recruited.

If it's testing specifically the ability to climb and/or to lift weights without injuring oneself: even if it's a good test for the muscles used in doing that, we'd need to see results and statistics on how well trained women climb and/or how often they injure themselves relative to how well trained men climb and how often they injure themselves; because having more or less of this particular physical strength is only one of the factors affecting either of those things.

If it's testing the ability to move one's body in a particular fashion that, because of differences in body weight distribution and/or hip structure, is much harder for most women to do than for most men: then it probably isn't testing grip or core strength equally for the genders and women who fail the test may have as much of those abilities as men who pass it. For one thing training in how to perform that specific movement might well cause the women to catch up to the men; and for another being able or unable to accomplish that particular movement may be not relevant to whether women can accomplish the actual work they'll be expected to do.

And, of course, I repeat: we don't know whether there's some other area(s) of training entirely in which women, at least before training, do statistically better than men.