A California native sets weight lifting records and blazes the way for fellow female Marines

A California native sets weight lifting records and blazes the way for fellow female Marines


CURRENTLY, A BIG DEBATE IN THE MARINE CORPS
IS WHETHER COMBAT AND PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS SHOULD BE GENDER-NEUTRAL. THE MARINE CORPS’
GROUND COMBAT ELEMENT INTEGRATED TASK FORCE TESTED HOW WOMEN PERFORM IN A CHALLENGING
ENVIRONMENT, SIMILAR TO THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD. MOST FEMALES DROPPED FROM TRAINING RESULTING
FROM INJURY. ABOARD MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, SERGEANT HOLLIE MULVIHILL-PINEL,
AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, WON’T ALLOW AN OBSTACLE TO STOP HER FROM PUSHING HER BODY
TO THE LIMIT. “I wanted to be able to do more than 20
pull-ups, that was a goal of mine for the longest time. I’m up to 32 pull-ups now. I am now
squatting 225 pounds and I can dead lift 260 pounds now.” DESPITE MULVIHILL-PINEL’S IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS,
HER DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT WAS TESTED WHEN FACED WITH AN UNFORESEEN OBSTACLE. “I was actually going through the Martial
Arts Instructors Course and my partner was executing a round kick. I got my knee kicked
in. I found out three months later that I had torn my ACL going through that.” BUT INSTEAD OF ALLOWING HER INJURY TO GET
THE BEST OF HER, SHE USED IT AS MOTIVATION. “Most people would kind of just throw in
the towel until they felt better, she never quit.” “I’d see her in the gym and she had her
brace on looking like Inspector Gadget or something, you know?” “I didn’t see it as anything that was
going to affect me, it was gonna make me better so when I was able to come back I now had
the ability to lift more weight with my upper body”
“The Marine Corps is striving to make that change for the equal PT standards across the
board and I feel like if I was sent into combat, I would absolutely expect whoever is going
to be there to be able to carry their own weight plus mine for whatever reason, because
I know I can carry theirs.” “I think if you’ve got it and you wanna
do it and you can pull your own weight and somebody else’s, you should do it. Everyone
wants to talk about equality, you know, if someone has the attributes and it’s physically
demanding and they can meet what the Marine Corps says. One team, one fight. You know
we all have the same standards, I think it’ll be a good thing.” REPORTING FROM MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI,
JAPAN. I’M MARINE CORPORAL JENNIFER ROCHA.

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