July 26, 2016
By Lorra B.
Two female Army officers have been accepted into the Special Forces training program with the hope of the Green Beret in their sights.
Maj. Melody Faulkenberry, a spokesperson for the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Welfare Center, stated that the women could report to the program by October.
“It would be publicly unfair to name the women or provide information about their service backgrounds,” stated Faulkenberry. “We want to allow the soldiers the same opportunities everyone else has to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection,” she said. “If their names came out, it could possibly change the way they are treated … or add undue pressure on them in a course that is already very demanding.”
Out of 340 soldiers, both men and women, who applied for the program only 220 were accepted. Nine female Army officers in total were accepted into the program.
“According to the Army documents, officers must have been promoted to first lieutenant between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, be cleared for world-wide deployment, possess a secret clearance and score at least a 240 on the Army Physical Fitness Test” to be accepted in SFAS, reports Stars and Stripes.
In order to earn that coveted Green Beret, officers must endure grueling physical challenges and Courses that could last 64 weeks. But according to Faulkenberry, only about half of the soldiers will graduate and earn the Green Beret.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the restrictions on women in the military be lifted last year and since that time 21 women have been commissioned into the infantry and one, Army officer Griest, had joined the infantry.
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