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Two women could enter Navy special operations training this year

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we will be examining articles that allow us to reflect on the past, present, and future of women. We encourage you to read our summaries as well as the articles themselves and share this with your friends. If you want to learn more about the history of Women’s History Month, start here. If you have feedback or suggestions for future articles, contact Kate Mazzotta, Communications Manager, at

As reported in this article, from the Navy Times:

“[Vice Adm. Robert P. Burke] and other service personnel chiefs were asked to give Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) an update on the participation of women in billets that, until recently, were closed to them.

Burke told the committee that two women — one officer and one enlisted — are getting closer to taking a shot at becoming special operators.

A soon-to-be-ensign recently qualified physically for the SEALs, but has yet to commit to the additional screening, known as the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection program… Making it through that program could then lead to her entering Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, or BUD/S, after she is commissioned this spring."

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We’re choosing to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day because, in addition to raising awareness around women’s issues, The Gathering Place helps women every day. We are metropolitan Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as members, all of our programs and services are free, and they always will be.

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