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Female US Marines spared pullups - for now

Published on Jan 3, 2014 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Marine Corps has delayed a physical fitness requirement for women after more than half of female troops at boot camp couldn't do three pullups, officers said.

The pullup rule was supposed to go into effect with the new year but has been postponed indefinitely as commanders were concerned about losing female Marines and prospective recruits, officers said on Thursday.

The commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos, "has decided that Training and Education Command will continue to gather data and ensure that female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed," spokeswoman Captain Maureen Krebs said in a statement.

In the meantime, female Marines will return to a less-demanding "flexed arm hang" - which requires them to hold their chin above a bar.

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