“We will welcome any candidate who meets standards.”
So says Rear Admiral Brian Losey, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, the military authority over the nation’s Navy SEALs and special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, as he signals the command’s readiness to open basic SEAL training to women. So begins the change.
Losey penned a five-page memo to the members of his command, detailing his thoughts on women entering Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), in which he laid out his concerns, predictions, and overall outlook on the issue. The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, follows on the heels of earlier reports that Losey was contemplating opening BUD/S to women, and follows similar moves being made in other special operations units.
In his memo, Losey wrote that there were “no insurmountable obstacles” to bringing females to BUD/S, while pointing out that he thought there would be physical and medical challenges to the women who did attend the training. This seems rather obvious, given that there are physical and medical challenges to the men who attend BUD/S, as well (understatement, anyone?). Nevertheless, it remains a concern.