As a long time lurker and virgin poster on ARRSE I am looking for a serious answer to a serious question (opinions and humourous comments would also be appreciated). I am fully aware that this will start the usual "Journo witchhunt" however I can assure you that I am a serving soldier (JNCO) and am turning to ARRSE for an answer as my unit EO officer would not appreciate being asked a difficult question such as this. (suspense built up sufficiently yet?) My question is regarding the Army's equal opportunites policy. I support this policy however feel that it is not being implemented thouroughly in regard to fitness standards. In several of the army's Fitness assesments/tests there is a gap in the requirements for male and female results, surely if they are expected to do the same job for the same rate of pay then they should be expected to meet the same standards in all tests/assesments pertinent to that job. By this point many people will be viewing this as a gripe and making various predictions as to why I should care, to address your possible questions I will give further information: - I am male - I am not a sexist/male shauvnist(sp?) - I personaly have no trouble in meeting any of the fitness requirements expected of me - I have not been passed over for promotion or choice of posting in favour of a female - I have no personal reason to be bitter about this inequality The reason is easily explained by a hyopthetical situation: Patrol ambushed, 'soldier x' is injured (unable to self extract) the only person in a realistic position to extract 'x' from the killing area is a female soldier (who has since phase one has passed but scraped through all fitness tests). She is unable to extract 'x' due to a lack of upper body strength and necessary CV fitness, as a result soldier x dies of their injuries. This female got the job in the unit over a male who consistently beat her in physical tests however failed to reach the required standard for males. This situation is unlikey however in curent conflicts where there is no FEBA and Echelons are notional it is not implausible. Who would like to explain to soldier x's family that their boy/girl is dead and it is possible that they would be alive if the best person for the job was chosen rather than the person who met an EO quota? Thankyou for taking the time to read this post and hopefully somebody will be able to give a sensible answer to the question: Why are females not required to meet the same physical standards as males doing the same job?