And you better believe that she's undergoing the same training as the boys.

By Faith Brar
Updated: July 27, 2017
Photo: Shutterstock

For the first time in history, two female candidates will be training for special operations posts in the U.S. military that were previously only open to men. While their names are classified, one woman is currently enrolled to become a special warfare combatant crewman (SWCC), and the other is training to become a Navy SEAL. And just so it's clear: Both women will undergo the same training as the men. (Related: This Nine-Year-Old Crushed an Obstacle Course Designed By Navy SEALs)

"They are the first candidates that have made it this far in the process," Lieutenant Commander Mark Walton told NPR in an interview.

This news comes nearly two years after the Pentagon first allowed women to serve in front-line combat positions. But there's no telling whether these candidates will actually make it through the rigorous training required to earn spots in two of the most elite units in the U.S. military.

"It would be premature to speculate as to when we will see the first woman SEAL or SWCC graduate," Walton said. "It may take months and potentially years." The Air Force and Marine Corps have had several female candidates train for special operations posts, but so far none have successfully passed. (Related: I Conquered a Navy SEAL Training Course)

It's insanely difficult to become a Navy SEAL. On average, 73 percent of Navy SEAL candidates don't make it to graduation, according to this Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC) briefing. But that completion rate is on purpose-the program is designed to congratulate only the toughest of the tough, both mentally and physically.

We believe in these ladies-and have a feeling that seeing a woman in one of the uniforms is on the horizon...and way overdue.

Advertisement


Comments (2)

Anonymous
December 16, 2018
They spent years training to do this one thing, many on government time in their military job. The men that want to do it are just going to have to up their game and be better prepared. But honestly, is it a good thing for women in general? I don't think so, but time will tell.
Anonymous
September 16, 2018
I see this article is a year old, and I haven't heard anything about a female SEAL, so I'm assuming she didn't make it (hopefully, thank God). That said, if a female ever does make it through BUDS, I will officially no longer consider the SEALS as an "elite" unit. I have already lost all respect for the army dropping standards so a few females could make it through Ranger school as a political stunt. I'm no longer impressed by the Army's "special" units. The Marine Corps performed an exhaustively study regarding co-ed and all-female combat units and the results are available for all to see. To summarize the study: big shocker, females slowed down performance significantly. Yes, there are places where females belong in the military, just not combat units. feel like this whole PC "gender neutralization" the Pentagon is suddenly obsessed with (thanks to PC politicians who have never served a day in their life) is one of the reasons recruiting is so abysmal now. The military, especially the army, is no longer appealing to that pack of neighborhood boys who used to play "Rambo" and "war" with each other, or those high school buds who won the state championship in football together. To be a part of that BROTHERhood and to have each other's backs, to hunt and kill together... it's a primal instinct deep down in the genes of every male. In my opinion, the army and this latest PC escapade to neutralize genders has killed morale and that "fighting spirit" often shared amongst males. What guy worth his weight could get excited about going to and graduating Ranger school when he knows a 37 year old mommy got through? Guys who would ordinarily flock to join the military no longer see the military as some proud rite of passage. The military (especially the army) has basically turned its back on the red-blooded American male who is looking for that brotherhood and that fighting spirit. Let's not get into the problem with fraternization either and how it is already causing problems within combat units (Google it). Like everything else it has touched, you are seeing liberal politicians and a victimized PC culture infect the military and drag it down.