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

FlickrMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shauntae Hinkle-Lymas US Navy

FlickrMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shauntae Hinkle-Lymas US Navy

"No women have entered the full training pipeline just yet", a Navy official told Task & Purpose.

The female midshipman voluntarily chose to not continue participating in a summer course that's required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Another woman appears to be in the training pipeline to become an enlisted Special Warfare Combat Crewman. Mark Walton told CNN in June.

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

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 unsafe commando posts.

According to CBS News, the officer got through half of her three weeks of pre-training before BUD/S before choosing to quit.

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. Graduates of the SEAL Officer Assessment & Selection course earn the chance to be considered in a second stage process involving a selection panel. It is open to Naval academy and Navy ROTC midshipmen and cadets during the summer before their senior year. For example, 18 other women were accepted to the first phase of Army Ranger training with Griest and Have.

According to the AP, the three-week program in Coronado, California, tests physical and psychological strength, water competency and leadership skills.

The woman on track to become the first female Navy SEAL officer has exited the training pipeline, multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources have confirmed to Task & Purpose. But even then about 10 percent of military jobs remained closed to women. All sailors must go through the program before being selected to take part in SEAL basic training, a six-month program so grueling that 75 percent of candidates drop out by the end of the first month.

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.

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