According to an August 6th report from LinkedIn, the first female attempting to enter the Navy’s elite Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training pipeline dropped on request (DOR’d) from the pre-BUD/S selection course known as SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS), thus ending her attempt to become a Navy SEAL. That would seem to indicate that for now, at least, there remains no prospective female SEAL training candidates, either enlisted or officer. Their arrival cannot be too far in the future, though.
So what do we know at this point? According to earlier reports, the female prospect attempting to enter BUD/S training was a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) midshipman from an unidentified U.S. university. She was selected to go to SOAS, meaning that she applied for and was given the chance to try out for BUD/S, as an officer. Backing up a bit, she graduated from high school, and entered college with an NROTC scholarship, putting her on track to become a Naval officer upon graduation from college. Following completion of her junior year, she applied to go to SOAS because she presumably wanted to attend BUD/S training. She was accepted into SOAS, as the first female to reach that goal.
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