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Woman Quits Navy SEAL Training Pipeline

Written by Joe Scudder

Lots of men have quit the Navy SEAL training pipeline as well, but why do so many want the impossible to happen?

There is no shame in dropping out of Navy SEAL training. The majority of men do it at some point. The whole point of the Navy SEALs is to select the most capable of men out of a pool of potential recruits.

In that system, how likely is it that there will be a woman who can out-perform most men? It is virtually impossible.

Yet we waste time encouraging this hope because of the delusion of equality.

The Task & Purpose reports, “The Navy’s First Female SEAL Officer Applicant Just Dropped Out.

The woman on track to become the first female Navy SEAL officer has voluntarily exited the training pipeline, multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources have confirmed to Task & Purpose.

The female midshipman, identified by in July as a ROTC junior at an unnamed U.S. college, was the elite SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program’s first female entrant since the Department of Defense lifted restrictions on female applicants for combat arms and special operations forces roles in 2016.

Had she completed the three-week course, she would have been eligible for review by the NSW officer community manager and officer selection panel in September and, if selected, received orders by October to report to NSW’s grueling 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training course.

Read the whole Task & Purpose story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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