Can women do on the knee push ups at British army basic training? Watch
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Mantra of the armed forces is"train hard, fight easy", so learn from your feet as much as is possible.
Well it's objectively true that women are naturally in a weaker position to perform push-ups than men. Women and men are divided in barracks and do physical training in groups based out of their barracks (so only-female groups and only-male groups) for the beginning of their training, as far as I know, so it'd make sense to give them less push-ups for discipline (maybe replaced with sit-ups or something).
Not sure about the army, but in the RAF joining fitness test (and all subsequent fitness tests after joining), women must perform full push-ups from the feet, not the knees.