The Navy SEALs are one group that’s still lagging when it is necessary to equal opportunities, but one woman has put herself in a position to change that.
The unidentified enlistee be the first time that female to step forward and apply to join the Navy’s elite special runnings force, CNN reported. She’s joined by another woman, likewise unidentified, who’s hoping to ground with another spec ops force-out: the Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen( SWCC ).
Their identities are confidential to protect their hoped-for future jobs as special operators, a spokesman told CNN.
Women weren’t allowed to serve in combat roles for the U.S. military until early 2016, but none had asked for these special functioning roles in the year-and-a-half since then.
Though the two women haven’t officially landed the jobs yet they face the same challenging, months-long regimen as male cadets but the fact that they’re qualifying with the SEALs this summer is notable on its own.
As CNN pointed out, 73 percentage of aspiring SEALs don’t make it through training, which is designed to filter out the “weak.” Of about 1,000 candidates who start teaching each year, 200 to 250 make it all the way through.
It feels like these women could make the cut.