(WTVM) - On the heels of the first two women ever passing the Army's grueling Ranger course, senior officials tell The Associated Press the military is poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including Navy SEALs and the Army's Delta Force.
The Navy is planning to open its elite SEAL teams to women who can pass the grueling training regimen, according to Adm. Jon Greenert. He also told Navy Times' sister publication Defense News, he believes that if women can pass the legendary 6-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, they should be allowed to serve.
"Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Greenert said Tuesday in that interview with Defense News. "So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'"
The latest push to integrate the historic SEAL brotherhood also comes after a comprehensive review by the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, recommending women be allowed under the same standards required of male candidates. But a final decision on integrating the SEALs is still pending.
The SEALs would be the latest, and the last, of the traditionally male-only branches to open to women. Out of 1,153 Navy divers, there are only seven females.