The female has only 60% to 80% of the strength (pick your source for these numbers, they vary considerably) of a male of the same height. The male averages about 5" taller than the female thus exaggerating the female/male strength difference. In front line combat, meaning the “grunts”, strength is a prime consideration. If the combatants are of equal training, the larger person will normally win making “bigger is better” of exaggerated importance to the front line. I hope that this decision to put females in front line positions was made from reasoned, experimental data and not political correctness. I would hate to see something done in the name of political correctness get troops unnecessarily killed.