Believe it or not, two of the Navy's most elite combat roles have received their first female applicants in 55 years, reports NPR. One of the hopefuls is in the pipeline to become a SEAL officer, while the other applied for the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program.
While the identities of the two candidates must remain anonymous, due to security considerations, the outlet has confirmed that these two women are the first female candidates to make it this far in the process for either role. From here, they'll both have to make it through Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training, which is "designed to be extremely physically and mentally demanding," adds NPR. "Few candidates who undertake the training emerge as SEALs or special boat operators."
This exciting news comes 20 months after the Pentagon formally opened all frontline ground combat roles in the U.S. military to women. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said America's military must draw from "the broadest possible pool of talent" when fulfilling these esteemed roles.
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