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Navy Plans to Open Elite SEAL Team to Women

Navy Plans to Open Elite SEAL Team to Women

One of the Navy's top officers recently announced plans to open the service's elite SEAL teams to women who can pass and complete the training regimen. 

According to the Navy Times, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert and the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Brian Losey are said to believe that if women can pass the grueling six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, that 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," said Greenert during an interview with Navy Times. "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 announcement comes on the heels of two history-making female soldiers who are on track to become the first women to ever graduate from the Army's rigorous Ranger School. Learn more history about women in the military by watching our documentary, Women in War.

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