Navy opening BUD/S to women

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  1. LongAgoPlebe

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    It's going to take a very special kind of woman to pass that!
     
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    Huh? I thought Demi Moore already had?
     
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    If Brian is still the "top SEAL" it'll be a toughie...

    It's NICE to know that the "Top SEAL" is a.... (wait for it)....

    US AIR FORCE ACADEMY graduate!!!

    Yep, my classmate!

    Steve
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    You're right about Demi Moore but that's only because Aragorn was running things.
     
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    USAFA? Even Marines can't go BUD school at Coronado.
     
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    Thanks for the initial link, LongAgoPlebe. That was a good article -- among other things, the information about the very few women in the EOD and Navy Diver community is interesting and probably the best parallel to show that (a) there may only be a very small number of women who are interested; and (b) the overall number who are interested and make it through the training might not make it to double digits any time soon.

    BUD/s is really, really tough (there's a revelation, huh?) and a lot of it is body type. I've known some very big strong guys, real PT studs, whose bodies just could not take the pounding, but you can't be too small either because it's not just about lifting your own body weight. (Log PT and the inflatable boats at BUD/s and then the traditional combat load of light infantry.) Most officers I know who did not make it through BUD/s had injury issues (and not the "upper spine injury" aka not enough backbone).

    I also don't know what they'll do re: officer vs. enlisted policies on multiple chances. Generally officers have one shot (with some recycle possibilities for medical) and sometimes enlisted can have more than one chance. You could have a situation where you get some enlisted women making it through BUD/s but not women officers. And BUD/s is just a beginning -- it's the gateway to SEAL status but the additional road is long and not easy.
     
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