Lone female Navy SEAL candidate drops out of training in Coronado

Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 18:36:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The lone female candidate in the Navy SEAL training program dropped out, according to Naval Special Warfare Command Friday.

The female midshipman voluntarily decided to not continue participating in a summer course that's required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press. The Navy has not released the woman's name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force.

Navy SEAL candidates train in Coronado.

The entry of women in one of the military's most elite fighting forces is part of ongoing efforts to comply with then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter's directive in December 2015 to open all military jobs to women, according to AP.