The elite Navy SEALs will not change their famously difficult physical fitness standards when women become eligible to enter their ranks, according to Vice Admiral Bill Moran.
Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all U.S. military combat jobs, including infantry units and special operations, will be open to women starting in 2016.
To be considered for SEAL prep school, candidates must complete the following:
- 1000-meter swim, with fins, in 22 minutes or less
- At least 70 push-ups in two minutes
- At least 10 pull-ups in two minutes
- At least 60 curl-ups in two minutes
- Four-mile run, wearing shoes and pants, in under 31 minutes
Many candidates start preparing well before their formal military training begins and the minimum requirements are no guarantee of acceptance.
“For young women that want to be in that community, we’ve got to give them time to get ready,” Moran told USA Today. “We are less interested in headlines and a lot more interested in success,” he added.
Moran said that currently, 75 percent of men drop out of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training within the first month.
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