Navy SEAL Dropout: First Female Candidate Ditches Program After 10 Days

Navy SEAL Dropout: First Female Candidate Ditches Program After 10 Days

But with the strides made by women in uniform, there have also been setbacks. The woman, whose identity the Navy will not disclose, dropped out of a summer course for officers who want to be selected for the SEALs.

The first woman to step forward to attempt Navy SEAL training has dropped out of the process, but another female is poised to possibly become the first to make it through the Marine Corps' infantry officers' course. For example, 18 other women were accepted to the first phase of Army Ranger training with Griest and Have. (NSW public affairs officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment). If they do, the next step is review by a SEAL officer selection panel.

The three-week-long program in Coronado, across the bay from San Diego, tests participants' physical and psychological strength along with water competency and leadership skills. The final program is a rigorous six-month training course for elite special operators. Those selected by the panel are offered the chance to complete the arduous BUD/S SEAL training course that includes the famous Hell Week - which is perhaps the most hard military training week in the world.

The services have been slowly integrating women into previously male-only roles.

The efforts followed demands for equal treatment after thousands of American servicewomen served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including many killed or wounded in service, according to the AP.

The woman was the first to qualify for training since the Department of Defense lifted the restriction on women in special operations roles in December 2015. But even then about 10 percent of military jobs remained closed to women.

"Carter's move has proven controversial with critics who question whether full gender integration could weaken the military or cause unnecessary distractions". Cotton's tenure with the institute focused on helping the branch screen sailors for various jobs; during his last 3.5 years with the ISC, Cotton worked with the NSWC helping officials refine screening evaluations like SOAS, BUD/S, and Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, according to a DoD biography.

According to CBS News, the officer got through half of her three weeks of pre-training before BUD/S before choosing to quit.