The physical standards are meant for fitness, and even then, the men's standard is hardly difficult. The test is a WAIST MEASUREMENT, push ups, sit ups, and a run. Things like pull ups that might actually test the ability to pull someone out of the water are not a requirement. I see many men around my squadron that would struggle to pull a large guy out of the water. Several of the women I work with are power lifters and rugby players that would do better at pulling me out than several of the men. There is no standard that tests the ability to help aircrew and there are just as many men who would struggle as women. Unfortunately, I think this is a straw man argument given the realities. What should we do? We could always limit them to single person cockpits to make sure they don't get in that situation. I'm sure many would not mind that limitation. You've classified these policy revisions as social engineering. The same was said of integrating blacks, women, gays... and more recently the scandals about saying God in the oath. Without some of the "social engineering," I would have been barred from military service for no logical reason as I'm perfectly fit to serve, as are many who were once barred. It's disingenuous to build a straw man to disqualify women. Support it and demand standards remain the same via letters to congress, etc. MemberLG does a good job of properly separating the arguments. Advocate and demand the same standard. If it is then changed, demand reprisal from those who changed the standard. But don't bar women from serving because of the idea standards might change. Demand they don't change and allow women to serve.