The first woman has completed the Naval Special Warfare training course for a special unit that supports the famous Navy SEALs.
The unidentified woman is now a qualified Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC), the Navy said in a press release.
SWCCs “are experts in covert insertion and extraction and utilize a unique combination of capabilities including weapons, navigation, radio communications, first aid, engineering, parachuting and special operations tactics,” the Navy said.
“It is an extraordinary achievement to be the first woman to be trained in Naval Special Warfare, and we are incredibly proud of our teammates,” said Rear Adm. H. W. Howard, commander of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, in a statement. “Like her colleagues, she has demonstrated the character, cognitive and leadership skills required to join our force.”
Only 35% of SWCC candidates make it all the month-long course, the Navy said. After graduation, the new SWCCs will either join a Special Boat Team or sign up for further training.