First woman qualifies for Navy Special Warfare boat crew

First woman qualifies for Navy Special Warfare boat crew
Navy Special Warfare team in SOC-R (Special Operations Craft-Riverine) boats. USN: MCSN Robyn B. Gerstenslager

[Ed. – She could stay with the boat units or shoot for follow-on training.  Either way, it’s a milestone.  We’ll see over time how it stacks up in that regard.]

Thursday was a historic day for the U.S. military’s special operations community as a woman became the Navy’s first female special operator, the U.S. Navy has announced.

The woman, whom the Navy has not identified, was one of 17 sailors to graduate from the Naval Special Warfare’s assessment and selection pipeline on Thursday, a Navy news release says.

She is now a Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman and will either join a special boat team or go through follow-on training, the news release says.

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Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman operate boats that carry Navy SEALs to and from their missions. They are experts with weapons, navigation, and special operations tactics.

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