Navy SEALs to Admit Women – if They Can Pass Physically Demanding Criteria

The brotherhood of the Navy’s all-male SEALs will no longer be quite so brotherly.

Adm. Jon Greenert, the chief of naval operations, told Defense News in an interview Tuesday that the Navy plans to admit women to its elite special-forces unit if they can pass the physically demanding criteria.

“Why shouldn’t anybody who can meet these [standards] be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason,” Adm. Greenert said. “So we’re on a track to say, ‘Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.’”

The admiral’s said those words also reflect the thinking of Rear Adm. Brian Losey, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, who oversaw a comprehensive review of the policy.