First Female SEAL Officer Candidate Drops Out Of Training

First Female Navy SEAL Candidate Quits Before BUD/S, Lasted a Week

Navy SEAL Dropout: First Female Candidate Ditches Program After 10 Days

Task and objective explained that the candidate left the training process in the earliest stage.

The female midshipman voluntarily made a decision to not continue participating in a summer course that's required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr.

Becoming a SEAL is a long process.

There are no other women in the SEAL pipeline, a Naval Special Warfare official said Friday. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press.

The entry of women in one of the military's most elite fighting forces is part of ongoing efforts to comply with then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter's directive in December 2015 to open all military jobs to women, including the most risky commando posts.

They often support the SEALs but also conduct missions of their own using state-of-the art, high-performance boats.

The woman dropped out of the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection program.

Officials have said it would be premature to speculate when the Navy will see its first female SEAL or Special Warfare Combatant Crewman.

The efforts followed demands for equal treatment after thousands of American servicewomen served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including many killed or wounded in service, according to the AP. It is open to Naval academy and Navy ROTC midshipmen and cadets during the summer before their senior year.

The first female candidate candidate training for selection to the U.S. Navy SEAL pipeline quit before BUD/S, or Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL school.

The three-week-long program in Coronado, across the bay from San Diego, tests participants' physical and psychological strength along with water competency and leadership skills. Two women in 2015 graduated from the Army's grueling Ranger 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.

The successes and failures of women in the military's most taxing units is part of a steady march toward integration of the country's armed services. But even then about 10 percent of military jobs remained closed to women.

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