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Cotton: U.S. Army’s Affirmative Action For Women ‘Is Going To Get People Killed’

It was gratifying to watch Arkansas Republican Sen. questioning Christine Wormuth, the first female , at a recent Committee hearing.

Sen. Cotton, a Ranger-qualified infantry veteran, respectfully chastised Wormuth for the “fiasco” that the new (ACFT) has become. For the past three years, the Army has tried but failed to implement “gender-neutral” standards in the new Combat Fitness Test — mainly because of high failure rates among female trainees.

After rules changed in 2015, the Army designed the ACFT to be sex-neutral, with identical requirements and scoring tables for men and women. The new ACFT would replace the long-standing , which was sex-normed with different requirements and scores to allow for male/female physical differences. 

At that time, women were not eligible for direct ground combat (infantry) assignments. Now that they are, sex-normed

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