US military to let women try out for Navy SEALs—report | Inquirer News
Close  

US military to let women try out for Navy SEALs—report

/ 02:47 PM August 19, 2015
Women in Combat

In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, US Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, center, participate in a US Navy Riverine Crewman Course under instructor Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson, right, on a Riverine Assault Boat at Camp Lejeune, N.C. AP

WASHINGTON, United States—The US Navy plans to open its famed SEAL fighting units to women, provided they can pass the notoriously difficult training course, Defense News reported Tuesday.

The move comes as the military announced that two American women will on Friday become the first female soldiers to graduate from the elite Ranger School combat leadership course.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Why shouldn’t anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason,” Admiral Jon Greenert told Defense News.

“We’re on a track to say, ‘Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'”

FEATURED STORIES

The Navy SEALs have carried out some of America’s most dangerous and storied raids, including the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the late Al-Qaeda leader, in Pakistan.

Aspiring SEALs must undergo the so-called Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training—known as BUD/S.

The six-month course includes eight weeks of basic conditioning peaking with “Hell Week,” during which two thirds or more of would-be SEALs quit.

“Sheer fatigue and sleep deprivation will cause every candidate to question his core values, motivations, limits and everything he’s made of and stands for,” according to the website NavySeals.com.

SEAL is an acronym for SEa, Air, Land teams, reflecting the special force’s capabilities.

RELATED STORY

Officials: US military likely to open combat jobs to women

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: air, gender, Land teams, Military, Navy, neutral, Sea, SEALs, Training, unit, US, Women
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.