West Point Mandates Female Cadets to Take a Boxing Class

In an attempt to complete gender integration in the U.S. Army, West Point is now requiring all female cadets to take a class that was previously off limits for women.

West Point officials recently decided to make boxing a required course for all approximately 1,000 students in the Class of 2020, beginning this fall.

According to The Washington Post, this decision follows the Pentagon's historic decision in 2015 to fully integrate women into all combat roles for the first time.

In 2015, the prestigious military academy faced scrutiny about how many concussions cadets had suffered and The New York Times reported that nearly 1 in 5 concussions at West Point occurred during boxing class.

Even though there has been a difference of opinion on this decision, academy officials say boxing is crucial and teaches leadership by testing how cadets react while they are under attack.

In addition to the mandate, men and women are expected to participate equally, boxing against one other.

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