A female officer has completed the rigorous initial selection process necessary to become a Navy SEAL officer — the first female to accomplish such a feat.

Although the female officer successfully completed the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program, she wasn’t chosen by the board because she hadn’t picked the SEAL career field as her top choice. Instead, the Naval Academy candidate chose the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) career field.

SOFREP had been tipped off about the plans of the female midshipman a few months ago. We decided to hold off any articles on the subject, so that it didn’t seem that we were interfering in the process and affecting — positively or negatively — the Board’s decision.

If she had been selected to continue to the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, the female officer would have attended the rigorous training regime sometime in the summer of 2020.