If you have watched the movie G.I. Jane, you probably wondered if there really is a Lt. Jordan O’Neil in real life. Lt. O’Neil, the female protagonist of the story, went through SEAL/CRT training and received a silver insignia, inscribed with the words ‘SEAL’ and ‘CRT’, at the end of the movie.
The CRT (or Combined Reconnaissance Team) unites several branches of the service, namely the Navy SEALs, the Army Delta, the Marine Force Reconnaissance and the Navy Intelligence. This is just a product of the writer’s imagination, though. There has never been a member of the female species to ever take part of the Navy SEALs.
Gender typecasting comes at us whether we are paying attention or not, and women’s participation in the SEALs springs in a lot of discussions. Should women be allowed to become US Navy SEALs?
Sure, the women of today have been a lot tougher than before. There are many women who have excelled in fields that used to be dominated by men. In terms of physical capabilities, many women can endure the toughest obstacle courses ever made. Women can also be great snipers.
However, SEAL authorities have given out a number of reasons why women can’t be allowed to join the training. First, men and women cannot stay in a single house together. Another point is that women have special needs on hygiene, especially during their menstrual period, and fighters might have to stay and hide in a foxhole for a week during battles. Basically, a woman’s physiology proves inappropriate for battle conditions.
Many say that women can’t be in the battlefield, but there is surely a role in the SEAL operations that would be ideal for them. If the United States is to stay as the world’s most competent and powerful military force, we should find the best person for every job, regardless of gender.