The Office of Special Operations of the US Navy, which includes the legendary “navy seals,” for the first time accepted a woman into its ranks.
The statement says that she passed the exam for the qualification of an operator of combat boats. The name of the woman, a possible participant in covert operations, is not called for security reasons.
The commander of the department, Rear Admiral G. W. Howard, called the achievement of his new subordinate “extraordinary.”
As noted in the statement, the operators of combat boats are experts in hidden laying and extracting materials using a unique combination of skills, which include weapons possession, navigation, radio communication, first aid, and engineering, skydiving and special operations tactics.
According to CNN, 18 women tried to become soldiers of the marine special forces in the past, 14 of whom failed the tests. Three applicants are still in the process of preparing for certification.