There is no denying that Navy SEALs are well trained, highly skilled, and considered to be the best of the best. Over the years, thousands of men have gone through the rigorous training required to become a SEAL. But one thing is missing? Women.
At the present time, women are free to apply for any job in the United States Navy. But there is one exception: women are not allowed to join the Navy SEALs.
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There is no denying that women have made major strides in the military. While this may be true, they are still not allowed to join the SEALs.
But is this about to change? Last year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed his views on the subject to a group of North Carolina ROTC students. He believes that women will eventually have the ability to get involved with Special Operations positions.
Recently, the Navy broke a longstanding barrier by allowing women to serve on submarines. Only 18 women were selected for this new program, with eight of them set to report in November 2011. These women will be stationed on four submarines including the USS Ohio, USS Maine, USS Georgia, and USS Wyoming. Along with these eight women, each submarine will have one senior female officer onboard to offer guidance and assist with the transition.
Now that women are allowed to be stationed on submarines, the only jobs closed are with the SEALs.
In the future, the Navy has made it clear that they want to take another step ? adding women to attack submarines.
Right now, the Navy only trails the Air Force in terms of the percentage of women in its ranks. The Air Force has approximately 19 percent women while the Navy sits at 17 percent.
Women may not be allowed to join the SEALs but this does not mean they aren?t pulling their weight. Did you know that more than 250,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq? Of these, approximately 150 have been killed in the line of duty.
For now, the elite Navy SEALs team is closed to women. The question remains: is this going to change in the future? Many people believe that it will.