A woman has joined a U.S. Navy Special Warfare Unit for the first time, after reading the latest gender barrier in five years since women became eligible to apply for any combat in the military.
The Navy said Thursday that the woman was the first female graduate from a combat special training pipeline to feed the Navy SEALs and other elite commando units. A Navy spokesman told the Associated Press that the woman would not be identified, a standard policy for members of the special forces.
Rear Adam in a statement. Hugh W. Howard III, commander of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, said the woman’s graduation represented “an extraordinary achievement.”
“Like his associate operators, he demonstrated the character, knowledge and leadership qualities required to join our forces.”
At the Navy News release The employee was one of 1 graduates of a program to be called a special war veteran. He will be part of a contingent trained at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Kilonado, California.
SWCC members specialize in naval “secret insertion and evacuation” operations that require expertise not only in weapons and navigation, but also in engineering and parachuting. About 35 percent of SWCC candidates are graduates, the Navy said.
The women, who graduated Thursday, are among three special boat crew operators who transport naval seals and conduct their own classified missions, the AP reported.
She is one of 18 women who have tried to become SWCC or Seal, According to a CNN report; Fourteen of them have not completed 37-week special combat training. Three more women are currently training to become Navy SEALs or SWCC operators, CNN reported, citing a Navy spokesman.
Navy officials in the United States could not immediately be reached for comment early Friday.
The women’s section of the U.S. military has been on the ward for decades. After the draft was completed in 1973, women made up 2 percent of the enlisted forces and 6 percent of the officer corps in the U.S. military Department of Defense data analysis Excludes US Coast Guard figures from the Council on Foreign Affairs. By 2018, these figures have risen to 16 percent and 19 percent.