male vs female students/recruits...
I agree with Sgt L.
I've heard often that cadre & firearm instructors prefer untrained women over men(trained or untrained) because they listen more, do not have bad habits or poor shooting methods & they retain more from classroom instruction.
I'm no AMU level target shooter or ACE/Tier 1 type super-commando but I do know a few stances/methods/firing positions. I can learn from a qualified instructor but most already expect you to know the basics.
Tactics & gun handling are not difficult to learn. The important part is using the firearm skills under extreme stress or in a target match.
Every 2nd matters.