Report: First Female Green Beret Is Coming

National Guard soldier to graduate training within weeks, per 'NYT'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2020 8:11 AM CST
Report: First Female Green Beret Is Coming
Special Forces candidates assigned to the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School patrol through a wooded area during the final phase of field training known as Robin Sage in central North Carolina, on July 9, 2019.   (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)

The US Army may soon have its first female Green Beret. The enlisted National Guard soldier is set to graduate from the yearlong qualification course as a Special Forces engineer sergeant in the coming weeks, reports the New York Times, which cites officials as saying her success is essentially guaranteed. The unidentified soldier was one of at least two women to pass a 24-day assessment program that serves as a precursor to the so-called Q course, which is broken down into six phases.

The phases include combat marksmanship, advanced Special Forces tactics, and language training, per, which describes the training as "some of the most intense in the Army." The Times reports the other woman to pass the assessment, a medical sergeant, is also working through the course. The Pentagon only opened up all military combat positions to women in 2016. (Months later, the Army named its first female infantry officer.)

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