A big first for the US Navy: The branch has its female SEAL candidates. Two females have been accepted as candidates to become special warfare combatant crewmen, an elite special operations job previously open only to men.
"They are the first candidates that have made it this far in the process" since the Pentagon opened front-line combat positions to women more than a year and a half ago, a spokesperson for the Naval Special Warfare Command.
The women, who have not been identified, still need to get through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, which is grueling; they will need to complete the same training a man would. The spokesperson says it could still "take months and potentially years" before we see the first woman graduate from the SEAL or SWCC program.
In my opinion, I think it's great that the Navy has opened these jobs up to women, and if the ladies can complete the same training as the men, there's no reason they shouldn't have the job. I'm excited to see how they do!