December 24, 2012

SOFREP’s 2012 Greatest Hits #3: The First Female Navy SEAL

Nobody likes change, just ask the military pilot ranks that saw the integration of females in combat aviation roles. However, change can be a good thing, especially when it comes to leveraging the opposite sex in Special Operations. I wrote this piece to perturb people into thinking about this issue. Welcome to the 21st Century folks. It’s only a matter of time before females enter the rank and file of US Special Operations.

Enjoy #3.

The First Female Navy SEAL

The U.S. is in the dark ages when it comes to utilizing women in the US Special Operations community. Female Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and Combat Controllers? Why the hell not? In all fairness the Army beat us to it with the first female Green Beret, Katie Wilder.

Hard line thinking coupled with fixed ideology gets you nowhere. The same thinking is what slowed down women serving in combat in the Military and prevented Gays from openly serving their country. Regardless of your religious or political views, I’ll side with the great Economist Milton Friedman when he says that every human being has a desire and right to be free to choose.


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is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). His writing has been featured in print, and digital media worldwide. You can follow him on twitter here.

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  • EmilioLizardo

    The better question is why.  Why do we want women in combat?  The non combat status of females is a function of species preservation.  VAWA goes to great lengths to define women as victims, not warriors.  I personally know women who are vicious and violent, but for all that they are incompetent fighters.   And the tears, and need for 'privacy'. And the need for 'special considerations'.

  • bharrison

    I have a feeling some of the first comments came from folks that didn't read very closely.  Quick breakdown: Male SEAL - 20 year career, retired Senior Chief, time in the Teams and in DEVGRU RETIRED Sex change operation to Female Headline is slightly misleading.

  • ScottTheDott

    Interesting thoughts. I have struggled with this question for a long time. I am a firefighter/ paramedic in a urban/intercity environment. Females have their place on my department Truth be told but if I go down in a fire and a females backing me up I can't say with full certainty that she would be able to pull me out. My wife is one of the strongest people I've ever known both mentally and physically but she even admits that she could not do the physical requirements of with my job. Great site! I would like to know how to Travis Lively became the mayor?

  • blkyank

    I don't think its so much a question about ability.Somewhere out there are women who can hack the grunt life style as well as men.The problem is logistical. Take a Marine infantry company of 150 to 200 guys and add in 15 women spread out over 3 rifle platoons,a weapons platoon and headquarters platoon. Put this outfit in the field,not in a garrison environment with tents, but in fighting holes with young women in close proximity to young males.    This could led to tension in the platoon as the gals would hook up with some guys while leaving other guys on the outside looking in.   It doesn't have to be sexual relationships.Just the fact that some guys get to have a buddy relationship with a female while most others are left out would divide a platoon against itself.   Unlike most POG units that already have women,grunt units have often no ability for private quarters outside of garrison with grunts having to bath (when they can) sleep and crap right in front of each other.   A lot of thinking better be put into this before carrying it out.   Former Marine 0311 2nd Bn 5th Marines 1987-1990

  • Sonnys Mom

    There's so much more to the women-in-combat controversy than a simple matter of "nobody likes change". "Whenever the question of women in the infantry comes up, well-meaning observers often comment that such assignments should be allowed (actually, ordered) if women can meet the same  physical standards as men. "This fails to recognize comprehensive tests and reports, produced over the past 30 years, which have compared the physical capabilities of men and women in military training.  All of these empirical studies can be summarized in a single sentence:  'In direct ground combat, women do not have an equal opportunity to survive, or to help fellow soldiers survive.' " Read more in: http://www.cmrlink.org/content/home/35869/gender_diverse_army_ranger_school_part_ii