Navy Women will get an Opportunity to Train as SEALs

CORONADO, CA - OCTOBER 28:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, Students in Sea Air and Land (SEAL) qualification training navigate the surf off the cost of Coronado during a maritime operations training exercise October 28, 2010 in Coronado, California. The 26-week program takes students from a very basic level, to a more advanced degree of technical and tactical operations. The Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Forces and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. (Photo by Blake Midnight/US Navy via Getty Images)
CORONADO, CA – OCTOBER 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, Students in Sea Air and Land (SEAL) qualification training navigate the surf off the cost of Coronado during a maritime operations training exercise October 28, 2010 in Coronado, California. The 26-week program takes students from a very basic level, to a more advanced degree of technical and tactical operations. The Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Forces and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. (Photo by Blake Midnight/US Navy via Getty Images)

female candidates into the Navy SEAL Program. Many believe that there will be resistance from the rank and file of the SEAL community but I am inclined to disagree. I believe that any female candidate who successfully completes the training will be welcomed into the community with open arms.

Every SEAL knows the intensity of the training that they had to undergo and they are confident in the abilities of their peers. When it comes to performing the mission it doesn’t matter who is next to you because as long as he or she has completed the training you can certainly be sure of their ability to perform their job.

Other branches of the military are opening their doors to female recruits and I believe that in the near future we will see women represented all across the broad spectrum of military occupations.

Now allow me to speak honestly. If I were a woman I would have no desire to become a commando. The pay is the same because it is based on rank rather than specialty. Combat troops can receive hazardous duty pay but that only happens when they are serving in a combat theater. So in other words, they can get more money by exposing themselves to the possibility of being killed in action.

Female midshipmen are the first to be screened and integration of more women into the SEALs will follow. There are many potential kinks which will need to be ironed out so the total completion of the process may take some years. SEAL slots are awarded based on availability so there will probably be just a few women initially chosen.

The percentage of trainees who successfully complete the program is very low so we are all anxiously waiting to see what the future holds.

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