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Why Allow Females in Special Ops: Commander Explains

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.

FemalesAccording 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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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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1 thought on “Why Allow Females in Special Ops: Commander Explains

  1. The issue I have isn’t with the women who make it. The issue I have is with those that don’t…and how their, or others, perception of the reasons they failed are acted upon. It’s not that I don’t have faith in the women who try, or those who will evaluate them. I have no faith in the brass who have an agenda that must be met.

    For example…the SEALs. Not only do you have to make it through BUD/s, but you have to make it through the rest of the phases, ending with SQT. And a big part of the evaluations are whether or not your fit in with the culture, not just whether or not you can pass the exams or physical evolutions.

    Now if a guy gets rolled out, and sent back to the fleet…it’s business as usual. Nobody thinks twice about it. But when a woman gets dropped for something that’s more objective than physical performance or a test score, there’s going to be intense scrutiny and a thunderbolt on high saying to secure that stuff, and push the woman through.

    I also do not trust the DoD to keep the standards as they are without gender norming. I don’t think they’re capable of it. Even the women who passed Ranger training were given chances that the men didn’t have. They met the same physical standard, but they got to repeat evolutions they failed, where the men only got a single pass/fail chance. Granted they did pass eventually, but not on equal footing with the men. They also got a chance to see the land navigation course prior to going to the school. The men had to take the course cold.

    And I say this not as an indictment of the women, but of the system itself, which has been told there “will” be women in special operations, which has, and will, cause a ripple effect that ensures that someone will be passed through without adhering to the strict physical and cultural standards that are what allows our special operations to be as effective and cohesive as it is.

    If the men in those teams even think that the women aren’t meeting the same standards they are, they won’t give them the trust that is the hallmark of every special operations group. Readiness will suffer as a result, and people will inevitably be injured or killed because someone who wasn’t ready, or isn’t trusted, is brought into the fold.

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