As of this time, a woman cannot be a Navy SEAL, and G.I. Jane is still possible only on the big screen. One tough woman, however, has helped a couple of men in their quest to be among the best of the best: a Navy SEAL.
Tricia Ham, who grew up in Ipswich, a city in South Queensland, Australia, is now a personal trainer in Burlington, Kentucky, and has been working with service members who want to join the Special Forces.
Tricia Ham had moved to the United States with her husband Steve, and had been contacted by a former Marine to help train two Sailors who wanted to become Navy SEALs.
Trish shared the following of those two SEAL hopefuls: “During that workout I could see where these two guys needed some help physically, so I offered to help them out, as I didn’t yet have a job here. I went with them to their monthly physical screening tests for SPECWAR (Special Warfare)… After a while I went to the Navy Recruiting Station in Florence to meet the recruiters, and they called me that very day and asked me to train the four of them for their next physical requirement test, which the Navy do every six months.”
Mrs. Ham went on to become a go-to personal trainer for Navy personnel in the Ohio Recruiting District. She has since trained a few candidates for the Army Rangers, as well as one candidate each for the Coast Guard and the National Guard. She is currently working with her first Air Force Special Ops and Green Beret candidates.
Her work has earned her a commendation from the Navy. Ham said: “I have just loved the fact that they have taken me in as their own and I almost feel part of their Navy family.”