Navy SEAL Dropout: First Female Candidate Ditches Program After 10 Days

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 13, 2017

The woman on track to become the first female Navy SEAL officer has exited the training pipeline, multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources have confirmed to Task & Purpose. For example, 18 other women were accepted to the first phase of Army Ranger training with Griest and Have. Navy media officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

But according to the Navy official, NSWC is less concerned with the candidate's failure and more concerned with her future service. If they do, the next step is review by a SEAL officer selection panel.

According to the AP, the three-week program in Coronado, California, tests physical and psychological strength, water competency and leadership skills. "But both are very hard to complete and have high dropout rates". All sailors must go through the program before being selected to take part in SEAL basic training, a six-month program so grueling that 75 percent of candidates drop out by the end of the first month.

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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.

In 2013, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he was rescinding a long-standing ban on women serving in ground combat units, and told commanders to investigate how to fully integrate the armed forces.

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 risky commando posts. The SEALs were founded in 1962 and remain an all-male special operations force. "But proponents, including Carter, have said that if women can meet all requirements for a job, they should be allowed to do so and could in fact boost combat effectiveness".

In September 2015, the U.S. Marine Corps released a study that found that all-male infantry units performed at a higher-level than "gender-integrated" units, which were far less effective and more injury-prone.

Another woman has set her sights on becoming a Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, another job that recently opened to women.

They often support the SEALs but also conduct missions of their own using state-of-the art, high-performance boats.

According to CBS News, the officer got through half of her three weeks of pre-training before BUD/S before choosing to quit.

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