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March 12, 2012

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 CEO of Force12 Media , a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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  • calif blonde

    Such another great article, Brandon!!! I agree with you mostly. The women?? now days are not as strong mentally, emotionally nor physically! I can envision a "woosie" female: "oh my God, I broke another nail!!!" Just kidding, of course....  I might be able to wrap my head around some of the women-folk who go thru PMS in overdrive and are able to get things done like they are supposed to in less than a femo second!!! Those beauties e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y needs to get away from!  But, the mental attitude would be there and that's what is important. It would take a very strong instuctor (male or female) to help these clueless females navigate around in the world of hard training and paying attention to details as they should.  Instilling a survival mode into today's females is one heck of a challenge. Good luck! At least I had my brother to fight with - and survived! I can honestly say, that having talked with very few women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I was very proud to have  known them and felt it was an honour to be in their shadows! God bless them. Granted, having looked around me for several decades, I have seen America decline in building a strong character within most of our children from the last 2 generations.  What with Uncle Sam and the states sticking their noses into parenting left and right (sometimes with just cause) and several generations ago being brainwashed by "spare the rod and spoil the child" advise, America has come on the sort end of the stick. I hope to have my faith renewed in the females of today, but I seriously doubt that with most of them having their Ipods, etc taken root into their hands and ears they will be able  achieve anything worth while.  Hope I am wrong. Same goes for the young men!! They too want the easy jobs, but do not want to work for the pay check! How can the military over come these "imbedded" obstacles?? How would you overcome that "for your country" does not get it anymore? It is probably the greatest challenge America has for herself.

  • leiber

    {I’m not here to opine about how the Catholic Church has been on the wrong side of most major advancements in science.} Read more:   That's not true at all. Its just revisionist history that has been perpetuated in the last 100 years and before by US/British and other religious denominations like Prod's, Baptists, Masonics, Marxist,.leftist etc etc And modern media/academia, they are never accurate on anything in regards to the Catholic church and are politically motivated by one of the major agendas. Besides that... Women have a place in the military and CIA should train these women properly and their is roles for them, but lets get serious in the combat arms in many cases and most things the answer is Hell No. We have them in the CF and it doesn't really work if anything it fucks up moral, that being said having some hot women in the back of the lines is a good idea, if anything we should consider having it like they did at times in various other armies through history because most men and I mean men can't last that long and lose there sanity after a while without a women's companionship. The Israelis have it, but that is a bad example, because every able body is needed their and if the Jihad every breaks through defenses women are an obvious target for rape and kidnapping and forced marriages to some horny Muslim Palestinian or some Saudi prince. there are tones of reports of how it affects Morale and has been a detriment to various units at times. Women in many trades like fighter pilots and other roles especially nurses are great for a modern Military. There are some exceptions but Kirsten Beck as she/it goes by now is hardly a good example of that!.

  • BrentLochhead

    I am for equal rights, just don't reduce the standards one push-up or one second off the run.  There are women that can do it.  Women are tougher than men (physically can handle more pain), they are naturally better shots. I like Brandon's suggestion of female only units, but I would like to see that go further and eventually integrate them once they have real world experience.  They will find each other sexually no matter what, so that shouldn't even be an excuse.

  • BrownWaterSailor

    Bee Aich Wetwork Very well stated and to the point! The monetary cost, the morale cost, and the big cost of situational awareness in the SF community because of guys being guys when women are injected into the equation, is not worth being politically correct! Combat needs and even demands 100% concentration. Anything that interferes with that concentration is of no benefit to those who are out there watching each others six. It's a very bad Idea!

  • JuliusYeung

    Hell, if there's a female GB already. THen it's really time to let women try out the selections for all SOF units.