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Dakota Nerud, West Fargo, Published October 19 2013

Letter: Woman unable to do the job of carrying injured fighters

As a recent enlistee in the U.S. Army infantry, I believe that females in the infantry would be OK only if they go through the same qualifications as males have to go through. I feel that if the qualifications were lowered for females, it would make a critical difference between the males and the females with their ability to perform basic infantry tasks because they would have to do less than what the males are doing, putting not just themselves at risk but also the males.

As I have seen in past wars, soldiers sometimes have to carry their comrades out of dangerous situations. If physical standards are lowered, not everybody will be able to carry the injured out of a danger zone. A person needs to be extremely physically fit, in my opinion.

Most females would be unable to carry another person out. I have seen discussion of possibly lowering physical standards for females entering the infantry. I am against lowering the physical standards for both males and females.