Woman drops bid to be­come Navy SEAL

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SAN DIEGO — The only woman in the Navy SEAL train­ing pipe­line has dropped out, a Navy spe­cial war­fare of­fi­cial con­firmed Fri­day.

The fe­male mid­ship­man vol­un­tar­ily de­cided to not con­tinue in a sum­mer course that’s re­quired of of­fi­cers who want to be se­lected for SEAL train­ing, Naval spe­cial war­fare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Mark Wal­ton said. The Navy has not re­leased the woman’s name, part of a pol­icy against pub­licly iden­ti­fy­ing SEALs or can­di­dates for the force.

No other women are in the process re­quired to be­come a Navy SEAL, Wal­ton said.

An­other woman has set her sights on be­com­ing a Spe­cial War­fare Com­bat­ant Crew­man. They of­ten sup­port the SEALs but also con­duct mis­sions of their own us­ing sta­teof-the art, high-per­for­mance boats. She has started the long process of go­ing through var­i­ous eval­u­a­tions and months of stan­dard Navy train­ing.

The woman who dropped out was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SEAL Of­fi­cer As­sess­ment and Se­lec­tion pro­gram. It is open to Naval academy and Navy ROTC mid­ship­men and cadets dur­ing the sum­mer be­fore their se­nior year.

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.

AP/The Vicks­burg Post/COURT­LAND WELLS

A three-car wreck blocks In­ter­state 20 on Fri­day in Vicks­burg, Miss. Both lanes re­opened within two hours.

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