First woman to join Navy SEAL training pipeline drops out

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 13, 2017

But according to the Navy official, NSWC is less concerned with the candidate's failure and more concerned with her future service.

If successful, she would become the first woman to pass the 12-week course required to become an infantry platoon commander.

And on Friday, the Navy announced that the first woman to begin the process for elite Navy SEAL training has withdrawn herself from the applicants pool, according to the Associated Press. For example, 18 other women were accepted to the first phase of Army Ranger training with Griest and Have. She was the only woman in the pipeline.

The three-week-long program in Coronado, across the bay from San Diego, tests participants' physical and psychological strength along with water competency and leadership skills.

The entrant, one of a handful of female applicants who have applied for elite special warfare roles, appears to have exited the training pipeline after completing just half of the command's screening evaluations, sources told Task & Purpose. Those selected by the panel are offered the chance to complete the arduous BUD/S SEAL training course that includes the famous Hell Week - which is perhaps the most hard military training week in the world.

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The services have been slowly integrating women into previously male-only roles.

That decision was formal recognition of the thousands of female servicewomen who fought in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars in recent years, including those who were killed or wounded. The SEALs were founded in 1962 and remain an all-male special operations force.

The entry of women in one of the military's most elite fighting forces is part of ongoing efforts to comply with then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter's directive in December 2015 to open all military jobs to women, including the most unsafe commando posts.

"Carter's move has proven controversial with critics who question whether full gender integration could weaken the military or cause unnecessary distractions".

Another woman has set her sights on becoming a Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, another job that recently opened to women. She has started the various evaluations and standard Navy training.

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