When I went to Airborne School in 1986, they’d just integrated the runs and everybody was basically crawling along just to keep the women in formation. The women were experiencing high incidents of stress fractures along the tibia (?), so any faster runs were prohibited for EVERYBODY.
I actually came out of the three week school in WORSE shape. It was like a vacation. It didn’t help that I turned 21 the night before my first jump ;)
The effectiveness of the fighting unit is a matter of life and death— and here we are playing dangerous political games. The Israelis found that having women on the front lines was a disaster for another reason: men are biologically wired to protect women. When the women got wounded, it caused even more casualties.