Soldiers and veterans respond to Army advertisement calling for more women in the Infantry

The Army is seeking more females to join the Infantry, nearly seven years after opening the branch to women.

A video posted by the US Army shows a female infantry sergeant (11B) talking about how females should join the Infantry.

“My MOS is 11 Bravo,” Sergeant Thorman said in the video.

“Females weren’t able to join the specific MOS,” she continued. “In 2017, they started a program where females were allowed to join, and it was probably the best decision I made.”

Many people in the comments pointed out that the Infantry MOS does not have many real-world applications, and frequently results in people not having any job skills once they get out of the Army.

“She’ll be a Walmart greeter when she gets out because it doesn’t transfer,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Ugh, why would you want to be Infantry?” another chimed in. “Honestly, what actual marketable experience are you getting?”

However, most comments were from male Infantry alumni, who were unhappy about the seperate standards for women in an unforgiving branch.

“If I did her max PT numbers I would fail,” one netizen said. “A 300 for her is a 150 for me. She scares no one.”

“Not the same physical standards for testing though,” another added “You can’t hold a female to female standards in the infantry. You have to hold her to the male standards or or doesn’t count. She has to be able to do what they do. So the same amount of pushups , sit ups , whatever for testing. But they don’t do that. They hold them to different standards in the same MOS.”

Others pointed out that the PT standards of the new Army Combat Fitness Test [which followed co-ed integration] are so degraded that readiness is affected.

It was supposed to be [MOS specific], but they changed it 4 times,” one user wrote. “It’s a joke, and my 67-year-old mother can pass it. There is only equality in the Army when they want a female in combat arms or when they want to push one through Ranger School. No real equality though. It’s all gender-specific to include staying home with your children on a snow day.”

For many, however, it was the grooming double standards of Thorman that bothered them.

“I love the earrings and long hair in a bun,” one user opined sarcastically. “I bet the other male members of her platoon enjoy seeing that after going to the barber for a high and tight.”

Thorman claims she aspires to be a sergeant major one day.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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