First Woman Completes Naval Special Warfare Training To Support Navy SEALs

by Chris Haney

On July 15, the Navy announced in a news release that the first woman in history has completed the Naval Special Warfare training course. It’s the first time a female will be able to join a special-ops group that works in unison with the legendary Navy SEALs.

The military did not reveal the woman’s name, and the Navy has shared few other details about her. The news release did share that she is now qualified as a special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, or SWCC.

 SWCCs “are experts in covert insertion and extraction,” the Navy’s news release stated. In addition, they utilize “a unique combination of capabilities with weapons, navigation, radio communication, first aid, engineering, parachuting and special operations tactics.”

Rear Adm. H. W. Howard, commander, U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command also spoke about her accomplishment in the statement.

“Becoming the first woman to graduate from a Naval Special Warfare training pipeline is an extraordinary accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of our teammate,” he said. “Like her fellow operators, she demonstrated the character, cognitive and leadership attributes required to join our force.”

According to the news release, only 35% of SWCC candidates complete the months-long course. Following the candidate’s graduation, new SWCCs either join a Special Boat Team or continue on with even further advanced training.

Navy Graduate Cameron Kinley Allowed to Play in NFL After Initial Request Denied

In other recent Navy-related news, Navy’s captain of their football team Cameron Kinley received some great news earlier this month. The military is now allowing him to try out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The branch’s reversal follows their initial decision to deny Kinley’s opportunity to live out his NFL dream.

The football player went undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft out of the United States Naval Academy. However, the Buccaneers invited Kinley to attend Tampa Bay’s preseason training camp. The invite gives Kinley a chance to make the team’s final roster, but that doesn’t mean his spot is guaranteed. He’ll have plenty of competition from other defenders trying to make the Bucs roster.

Yet he’s cleared the first major hurdle to his NFL dream. The acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker originally denied Cameron Kinley’s request to delay his commitment to the military. Like all branches of the military with collegiate athletics, the Navy’s student-athletes often receive exemptions. If a player is signed by a professional team, their military commitment is delayed temporarily. However, the Navy football product’s initial request to join the Bucs was denied by his superiors.

The defensive cornerback picked between two offers and chose the Bucs because of various ties to the organization. Additionally, he attended some of the team’s offseason programs. But per Harker’s denial, Kinley had to leave the team.

In early June, the military’s decision made headlines across the nation. Both football fans and analysts seemed united in their confusion over the decision and many called for the Navy to reverse their stance.

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted a statement from Kinley and his agents following the recent reversal. They announced that Secretary of Defense, Retired General Lloyd Austin, granted Kinley “the opportunity to play professional football.”