I served 10 yrs in the US Army. Infantry and Combat medic were my jobs. The phyiscal challenges are immense in not only combat but field training. Push ups, sit up, runs are meant to not only gauge a persons fitness but increase their strenght to perform their jobs. I agree that women should be in the military, but combat NO. Push ups, sit ups come into play when decideing if a person can pull a fellow soldier out of a tank that has been disabled. It's not easy trust me. Small hatchs (doors) that you have to have good upper, core and lower body strenght to lift up thru the hatch and then safely get them to the ground. Marching with a loaded pack its not easy, but when you have to meet a timeline or have to haul A$$ to your destination, stamina and strenght does matter or people may die. I've experienced this in real life. A unit is only as strong as its weakest link. A unit will only move as fast as the slowest person, that person can get others killed. The double standard does hurt soldiers we won't trust someone who gets treated differently. The standards better be equal for both when they go thru with this.
Yes, a child with an AK can kill. I am one who thought twice about pointing a weapon at a child in a combat situation. Thank god I didn't have to do anything. A woman can kill, they have done it in combat for a long time. Now ask why SEALs, SAS and other highly trained units get out of tough missions with less causalties than opponents. They have better trainning, experience, physical prowness and more.
My major problem with this is: I was raised to protect women. My family men and women taught me that I should give my life to protect any woman in danger. If I was on the front lines tomorrow and a female soldier was captured and being paraded infront of me, I would be going in after her. No matter what my orders are. Who would I treat first in combat, who would I go out and pull back first in a fire fight. HMMM. Also what happens when one is captured? Fair treatment no such thing. I would come home beaten and broken, a woman would come home beaten, broken, raped and maybe pregnant. This is what bothers me.