2 female officers get a shot at the Army’s Green Beret

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U.S. Special Forces Green Beret soldiers fire an anti-armor mortar system during a training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 8, 2016. Two female Army officers have been approved for initial Special Forces training, the first step in the long process to earn the coveted Green Beret, an Army spokeswoman said July 25, 2016. Efren Lopez/U.S. Air Force
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U.S. Special Forces Green Beret soldiers fire an anti-armor mortar system during a training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 8, 2016. Two female Army officers have been approved for initial Special Forces training, the first step in the long process to earn the coveted Green Beret, an Army spokeswoman said July 25, 2016. Efren Lopez/U.S. Air Force

2 female officers get a shot at the Army’s Green Beret

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 26, 2016
 WASHINGTON — Two female Army officers have been approved for initial Special Forces training, the first step in the long process to earn the coveted Green Beret, an Army spokeswoman said Monday.
 
The women are the first female soldiers to be accepted into the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and could report to the three-week program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as early as October, said Maj. Melody Faulkenberry, a spokeswoman for the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center.
 
Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s order last year to drop all restrictions on women serving in front-line combat jobs and units paved the way for women to attempt the rigorous trainingthat soldiers must complete before entering Special Forces. The earliest the women could earn the Green Beret and Special Forces tab and be assigned to an Operational Detachment-Alpha would be in 2018, though they have not yet been officially assigned to an SFAS class, Faulkenberry said.
 
The Army declined to name the women or provide information about their service backgrounds.