Will There Soon Be a Female SEAL?
The Navy has received its first female applicants for the Naval Special Warfare pipeline. But what’s ahead for them is a process that has an attrition rate of 73 to 75% for SEALs and 63% for SWCC.
One woman who requested SEAL officer selection is reportedly a Junior in an ROTC program at a college. She will be required to complete a 3 week course prior to entering the SEAL training, and then she will have to compete with everyone else. There are 100 spots and 160 applicants for that session, which begins October 1.
A female midshipman is set to train with SOAS candidates this summer: SOAS – SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection.
The SWCC program is also under the auspices of Naval Special Warfare Command. The prep for that one is in Illinois and includes screenings and evaluations, recruit training at the Great Lakes Boot camp prior to going to BUD/S training.
SWCC – Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (Special boat operators), SEAL – Special Warfare Operators
Naval Special Warfare training is not for the faint of heart, and whether or not females can navigate it all the way through is going to be interesting. There are six stages to BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training, all of which are designed to “weed out the weak.”
“The two women now preparing to enter the Navy’s special operations training pipeline will have to overcome some of the most daunting attrition rates in any military training process…
But by the time they make it to that final phase of training, candidates have already been weeded down ruthlessly. Navy officials assess prospective special warfare operators and special boat operators, ranking them by their scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, physical readiness test, special operations resiliency test, and a mental toughness exam. The highest-ranking candidates are then assessed into training, based on how many spots the Navy has available at that point.”
Weeding out the weak
Those who complete BUD/S Training to become SEALs are thought of as the elite of America’s special forces. SEAL teams are legendary. The SEAL/SWCC website breaks down the stages of BUD/S training so that you can see what these women will face. Only the strongest, both physically and mentally will survive.
The Navy has placed female staff members at the Naval Special Warfare training facilities, and adjusted some of the uniform and lodging requirements. They feel that the US Navy is ready and willing to accept any females who make it through the training pipeline.
They have not released the names of SEAL or SWCC candidates.
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