Based on a recent statement given by Admiral Eric T. Olson, the top commander of U.S. Special Forces, “G.I. Jane” may just cease to be nothing more than a figment of Hollywood’s imagination.
A feature on the Daily Mail shared that the commander has expressed a desire to not just see females become Navy SEALs, but to have them serve in combat roles. Having female SEALs, Olson said, may contribute to military efforts overseas, because women may gain unique access with local women in the communities where the U.S. military has operations.
In an interview with ABC News, Adm. Olson said: “I don’t think the idea is to select G.I. Jane and put her through SEAL training… but there are a number of things that a man and a woman can do together that two guys can’t.”
The commander reportedly shared that it was interesting to find out what female SEALs are “made of,” as well as see them have the “courage and intellectual agility” to perform well.
The extent of service that women render in the U.S. Special Forces consist of roles as information and civil affairs specialists. Beyond that, however, women have not broken into the ranks of the Navy SEALs, the Green Berets, Rangers, or Marine special operators, pursuant to a 1994 combat exclusion policy.
It has already been suggested, however, by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission to put an end to the policy.