Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday.

The female midshipman voluntarily decided to not continue participating in a summer course that’s required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press. The Navy has not released the woman’s name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force.

No other woman has started the long process required to become a Navy SEAL, Walton said.

  • Gary

    But that’s not fair and they should lower the standards because War is all about Gender Equality and trans-people and not actually fighting tor win .

    • tom_billesley

      The sole purpose of the military is to be a laboratory for social manipulation.
      Ooops. Is manipulation a taboo “man” word?.

  • DaninVan

    Hey, let’s be charitable here. We don’t know why she dropped out and no mention was made of how many guys packed it in or were asked to leave.
    It does mention 75% drop out rate for SEAL Basic Training…and that’s ALL male.
    So props to her for giving it a shot.

    • DaninVan

      Y’know this topic is a hot one. Does a Firefighter’s position represent a job opportunity or is it a public safety thing that requires ONLY the most physically capable individuals to do it?
      Firefighters are notoriously susceptible to heart attacks, more so than the society’s norm. If I’m unconscious three storeys up, (I weigh just under 200lbs)…I want, I NEED a very powerful ‘person’ to carry me down the ladder or stairway. I’d prefer a male of same size at least. Not trying to start an argument; just sayin’.

      • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

        SOME small people can do it, but it’s the exception and not the rule. I got paired up once training fireman’s carry with a Filipino who was about 130 and I was probably 210.. he did it.

    • WalterBannon

      the best of the best men apply and 75% fail

      there is near zero chance that a woman is physically competitive with these men, so by default these “diversity hires” (who by the way do not have to meet the same fitness standard as the men) are not of the same calibre

      If 75% of the best qualified men fail, what makes you think that a women who is not even at their level should even be allowed into the program to try?

      When they make women in the military pass the same fitness qualifications as men for this role then she can have props for trying

  • BillyHW

    But I thought women were so badass! Like in the movies!

    • Surele Surele

      I watch a lot of crime drama, British are my faves. Just my thing, not making a judgement. I’ve noticed that female police officers and detectives are getting younger and slimmer with each episode. My favourite (sarc, need I add?) scene is when a whole squadron of fantastically trained and built like warriors police(men) chase the suspect, can’t catch him, catch him, try to restrain him, are not successful, in walks in THE WOMAN, or runs in, beats the suspect senseless, cuffs him, adjusts her skirt and walks away on her stilettos. If you don’t see me after this scene, it’s because I’m on the floor, laughing my head off. Or crying.

      • JPfromtheeast

        Bigtime! I am almost 6’1″, weigh 255 pounds and am in reasonable shape other than a bit of a ponch in the belly. I used to be physically active and worked out. I can still lift my own weight and I can still hold my breath past 2 minutes. If some woman that is less than half my weight thinks they are stopping me with anything less than a bat or a taser, they are in for a rude awakening.

        Also, just check out Steven Crowder’s take on it all!

  • Tooth&Claw

    Face it. Women are at a disadvantage physically.

  • favill

    I remember the first week of Infantry Officer training…in the middle of the 0530hrs morning run (not to be confused with the 1600hrs afternoon run/PT period)…thinking to myself…it only gets worse from here. I can imagine the horrendous piles of physical and psychological CRAP that these SEAL hopefuls go through in their arduous training process.

    • WalterBannon

      those were good times

      the best part of morning PT was knowing that you had a big breakfast coming after.

    • JPfromtheeast

      There is a reason that part of the entrance/BUDS training is called “Hell Week”. And with as high as there is a dropout rate for the men that try, how in the hell are women ever going to pass!

  • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

    Time to lower the standards as per usual.

  • WalterBannon

    what the hell is the navy doing allowing a woman into the seal program in the first place