Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York representative who serves on the House Armed Services Committee said in a statement that the first female U.S. Army soldier is expected to graduate from the Special Forces Qualification Course next month, which would make her the first woman to join the elite Green Berets.
Stefanik wrote that the graduation of the first female U.S. Army Green Beret is an important and hard-earned milestone.
As reported by Military.com, the soldier has successfully passed the intense 53-week Qualification Course, and will graduate on July 9.
It’s official: the 1st female Green Beret is graduating the Army’s Special Forces Q-course! Important milestone & the first of many for @USSOCOM & @USASOCNews! As the Ranking Member of @HASCRepublicans IETC Subcommittee, it’s an honor to congratulate the 1st female Green Beret.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) June 25, 2020
Barack Obama’s defense secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban on women becoming Green Berets in 2015, and the Pentagon officially opened all combat and Special Operations jobs to women. However, no one has ever qualified to serve in those units until now.
SOFREP reported that a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group noted that the female soldier’s graduation will be guarded with an extraordinary high level of secrecy.
Although some Twitter users were skeptic about the achievement and asked whether she had to meet the same standards, it has been noted that every Green Beret must pass the 53-week Qualification Course (QC), which encompasses six phases and includes training in small-unit operations, advanced Special Forces tactics, language training, and unconventional warfare.