For the first time in the U.S. Army’s history, a woman will graduate at the end of June to become the first female Green Beret. She recently passed the final section of her training, the infamous “Robin Sage” field exercise. She is a National Guard soldier, and her identity is being covered for her safety.
Robin Sage is an exercise in which the soldier is dropped “into a fictional setting in North Carolina where they apply skills in guerrilla warfare, mission analysis and planning, rapport building, and supporting a resistance movement.”
According to Military.com, any candidate for the Green Berets must be at least 20 years old, have special fitness requirements, be able to hold a secret security clearance, and be airborne qualified or eligible for the training.
John Black at SOFREP reported,
“She will be the first woman to have successfully completed a Special Operations pipeline and join and an operational team since President Obama opened all jobs within the military to women. This marks a significant milestone for women across the force.
The graduation at the end of the month will definitely not be typical. Because of this historic milestone, graduation will be held in a closed hangar to conceal her identity. And for personal security reasons, SOFREP is withholding her identity. A Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (18C) with the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, the female soldier has big hopes of going active duty. However, her welcome may not be as warm as she may like.
Just over five feet tall, her walking into a Special Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) team room will not be high fives and handshakes: Culture takes time to adapt to change. There are plenty of older generations still within the Regiment that believe there is no place for a woman on a team. However, newer graduates accept it, if the woman can pass the same standards. So did the new graduate pass with the same standards? All reports indicate yes. She did, however, have her fair of challenges, recycling at least one phase.”
The “recycling” of a phase is common, even for males. Other females have attempted this course, but were not successful. The first female Green Beret will have earned the honor of becoming a Special Forces Soldier, so let’s congratulate her and see how she does in an operational unit.
Featured photo: “Brand-new Special Forces Soldiers stand at attention during their Special Forces Qualification Course graduation ceremony Aug. 9, 2012 in Fayetteville, N.C. (U.S. Army/Dave Chace, SWCS Public Affairs Office)”