Women in combat

U.S. Navy readying to integrate women into fabled SEAL program

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Scorza via The New York Times

It’s the famed naval unit whose commandos killed Osama bin Laden, rescued Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips from the clutches of Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and have carried out numerous other death-defying and secretive missions in far-flung corners of the globe. And now, according to naval Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, it’s about time to open the door to women — so long as they can pass the notoriously grueling training regimen require to become a SEAL. “We’re on track to say, ‘Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender nonspecific standards, then you can become a SEAL,'” the admiral told Navy Times, though he stopped short of indicating when the training program might begin accepting female sailors. The news comes on the heels of two women who completed the elite Army Ranger training earlier this week. They are set to graduate along with their male counterparts, but still won’t be able to serve with the Rangers until, at the earliest, the end of the year.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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