Only Female Navy SEAL Applicant Drops Out Half Way Through Boot Camp

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday.

The failed candidate was reportedly a college junior female Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipman. Mark Walton told CNN in June. The Navy has not released the woman's name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force. Cotton's tenure with the institute focused on helping the branch screen sailors for various jobs; during his last 3.5 years with the ISC, Cotton worked with the NSWC helping officials refine screening evaluations like SOAS, BUD/S, and Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, according to a DoD biography.

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

The midshipman, who was identified by Military.com in July as a ROTC junior at an unnamed USA college, was the first female to enter the elite SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program since Ashton Carter announced the Department of Defense (DoD) was lifting restrictions on female applicants for combat and special operations roles in 2016. If they do, the next step is review by a SEAL officer selection panel. She has started the various evaluations and standard Navy training.

However, one female is continuing in training to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crew member - another direct action job that only recently opened to women.

The efforts followed demands for equal treatment after thousands of American servicewomen served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including many killed or wounded in service, according to the AP.

According to the AP, the three-week program in Coronado, California, tests physical and psychological strength, water competency and leadership skills. For example, 18 other women were accepted to the first phase of Army Ranger training with Griest and Have.

The first woman to step forward to attempt Navy SEAL training has dropped out of the process, but another female is poised to possibly become the first to make it through the Marine Corps' infantry officers' course. Those in special operations are among the most demanding jobs in the military.

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

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