She hoped to be the first Navy SEAL, but dropped out after just a week.
The Washington Examiner reported that an unidentified female candidate who hoped to be the first Navy SEAL dropped out after only a week into an initial physical course in San Diego, according to multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources.
Potential SEAL officers would go through the three week course before passing on to more difficult training.
President Obama made a rule change in January, 2016, allowing women to serve in combat roles in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yet until the end of July, “there were no female applicants in the 18 months since that historic change until now,” CNN reported of the woman.
Women have in general had a difficult time with training for combat roles in the military.
The Associated Press reported that while only 40 out of 1,500, or about 2.8% of men failed a Marine Corps regimen of pull-ups, ammunition-can lifts, and a 3-mile run and maneuvers required to pass on to training for combat roles, a staggering 6 out of 7 women, over 85%, failed.
We reported on a Marines study that tested the success of all male squads against mixed gender squads here.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The unidentified female candidate dropped out in early August during a three-week course in San Diego that began July 24. It was the first assessment of potential SEAL officers before they can be sent on to more grueling courses, according to the website, which cited ‘multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources.
[…] The candidate who dropped out was enrolled in the Navy SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection program. If she had completed the program, she would have faced an officer selection panel and the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL program, or BUD/S, a six-month training course for the elite special operators.
Yet, one female candidate still remains in training for the Navy’s special operations teams. She’s training, according to The Daily Wire, for the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) program.