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.

Captain Tamara Lawrence said in a statement to Military.com that “we do not discuss details of a candidate’s non-selection so it does not interfere with their successful service in other warfighter communities.”

Cpt. Lawrence, however, had refused to comment when SOFREP had asked about the female officer a few months ago.

Approximately 180 officers every year attend the SOAS. Out of those, about 90 are chosen by the Board, which is comprised of SEAL officers and Master Chiefs, to continue on to BUD/S.

A two-week program, SOAS takes place in the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, California.