Two women are the first women to enlist as candidates to join the Navy's special operations teams – one of those women hopes to become an elite Navy SEAL and the other wants to join the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program.
Don’t get too excited, yet. Candidates still have to undergo extensive training and physical testing before they can succeed – and only about a fifth to a quarter of candidates make it through SEAL training.
They've all been men, but the positions were opened up to women in early 2016. No women had applied until now. "That's a three-week block of instruction," says Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar. "Then the [prospective SEAL officer] will compete like everyone else, 160 [applicants] for only 100 spots.”