The first female office applicant for the Navy SEAL’s was inches away from making the cut.
But it seems she didn’t have enough fuel in her tank.
She decided that enough is enough and she rang the bell.
Task & Purpose, military news website reports that she left the program necessary to become a Navy SEAL. She was so close to making history and opening the doors for other women. But she voluntarily quit as reported by Task & Purpose.
The female sailor, known by Military.com in July as a ROTC junior at an unknown U.S. college, was the elite SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program’s first feminine candidate since the Department of Defense raised limitations on women candidates for combat arms and special operations in the past year of 2016.
If she pushed through the grueling three-week program, the first female applicant would be qualified to review by the NSW officer community supervisor and officer selection panel in September this year. After that, if she is accepted, she would receive an invitation to NSW’s exhausting 24-week long Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training program.
“No women have entered the full training pipeline just yet,” a Navy executive who wanted his name to be anonymous said to Task & Purpose. “She didn’t make it to BUD/S.” (NSW public affairs officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment).
The applicant, one of a complete total of five female applicants for elite special warfare purposes, seems to have stopped the training course after finishing only half of the command’s screening evaluations, officers reported to Task&Purpose.
The first couple of weeks of the Navy SEAL program, that started on July 24 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, involves physical training with NSW Group 1 and a less exhausting version of the BUD/S challenge that is coming next to test every qualified candidate.
A representative of Naval Special Warfare Command, Capt. Jason Salata verified to Military.com that a single female registered applicant survived in the training course for Special Warfare Combatant Crewman or SWCC.
Salata said he will not bring out names publicly because of operational security concerns. And he will not report any upcoming progress of the candidates in their training course.
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