Starting in January of 2016, females will be allowed to work in any job within the military- including special ops. In a recent news conference at the Pentagon, Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, said: “… women will be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They will be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men.”
While many people, both in and out of service, have little or no problems with females being allowed into the vast majority of jobs, some have big problems with females being allowed into special operations slots within commando operations such as Delta Force, SEAL’s, and Green Beret Detachments, to name a few.
Exactly how women will be integrated into special ops is still being discussed, with SOCOM Commander, Gen. Votel, leading the discussions. Votel is responsible for seeing that combat readiness of special forces is maintained at all times. He is also in charge of setting requirements for all commando forces: Army Green Berets, Delta Force, 75th Ranger Regiment, Navy SEAL’s and special boat crews, as well as the Air Force and Marine special operations forces.
According to Votel no male or female will be accepted into special ops unless they pass all of the current requirements and standards. In other words, there will be no changes to the standards.
In a video posted to the SOCOM website, Gen. Votel said: “The command will absolutely not lower, raise, or create multiple sets of standards for special operations. If candidates meet time-tested and scientifically validated standards, and if they have proven that they have the physical, intellectual, professional, and character attributes that are so critical to special operations, they will be welcomed into the special operations forces ranks.”
Votel went on to say that his decision was determined by a series of factors: The first was that he believes special ops will benefit by having a more “diverse force” that includes females. Second, historically, special ops have always been able to integrate successfully; he cited the command’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, as an example. Third, he concluded that there was no factual data to support leaving women out of special ops. And, lastly, he mentioned that the US is a “nation of opportunity,” and that, “If people, men or women, can meet these standards, then they should be afforded the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the special operations community.”
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