First female applicant for Navy SEAL officer program drops out

First female applicant for Navy SEAL officer program drops out
Coolest dudes on the planet, no matter whose pond they're wading in. (Image: U.S. Navy SEALs)

[Ed. – This can’t be a surprise.  It’s encouraging to be able to think the SEALs didn’t lower their standards to accommodate the applicant.]

The woman on track to become the first female Navy SEAL officer has voluntarily exited the training pipeline, multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources have confirmed to Task & Purpose.

The female midshipman, identified by Military.com in July as a ROTC junior at an unnamed U.S. college, was the elite SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program’s first female entrant since the Department of Defense lifted restrictions on female applicants for combat arms and special operations forces roles in 2016.

Had she completed the three-week course, she would have been eligible for review by the NSW officer community manager and officer selection panel in September and, if selected, received orders by October to report to NSW’s grueling 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training course. …

The entrant, one of a handful of female applicants who have applied for elite special warfare roles, appears to have exited the training pipeline after completing just half of the command’s screening evaluations, sources told Task & Purpose.

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