In July of this year a female National Guard soldier graduated from Special Forces training and received her Green Beret, the first in history to do so. The soldier’s name and other biographical information have been withheld by the Army for personal and operational security reasons.

A woman soldier is joining the Green Berets — a first for the Army Special Forces unit

(CNN)A woman soldier for the first time will join the Green Berets, one of the Army’s most elite units, after graduating this week from US Army Special Forces training.

The soldier graduated Thursday in a “Covid-compliant graduation ceremony,” according to the US Army. The Army doesn’t name Special Forces members to protect their identities for future missions.

In a speech at the graduation ceremony, Lt. Gen. Fran Beaudette, the commanding general for the US Army Special Operations Command, referred to the graduates as “Green Beret Men and Women.” And for the first time since the official founding of Special Forces in the 1950s, that was true.

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6 thoughts on “In July of this year a female National Guard soldier graduated from Special Forces training and received her Green Beret, the first in history to do so. The soldier’s name and other biographical information have been withheld by the Army for personal and operational security reasons.”

  1. Astark

    I didn’t even know the National Guard had special forces. Like what, you go on covert missions deep in enemy territory one weekend a month?

  2. Singer211

    There was also Kate Wilder, who graduated back in the, 80’s I think, but was denied at the last minute under dubious circumstances.

  3. supercyberlurker

    That’s kind of an even cooler achievement. “The first woman to do something so important we can’t actually tell you anything more about it.”

  4. BigJ32001

    Back in 2008 I went to a month-long school for training future NCOs. It’s a required course for any enlisted soldier who wants to become a sergeant, and the PT test was always notorious difficult. Technically it was the same test, but every push-up and sit-up was judged harsher. In my class there were probably 300 soldiers, and at least half were infantry.

    There was a female soldier there who worked as a prison guard. Just looking at her, you’d never assume she was ripped. The highest score you could get on a PT test was a 300, but once you maxed out all three categories, you’d get bonus points. Males and females are scored on different scales. I think she ended up with something like 450 points on the female PT test, and then 320 on the male test beating every single male soldier. Some of the infantry guys were upset and didn’t think it was legit. Well a few days later we had our combatives tournament (basically MMA light) and she came in 3rd place. She ended up being the “distinguished honor grad” at the end of the course, which encompassed everything we trained on. There was no doubt in my mind that she could make it in the Green Berets.

  5. chillyhellion

    You wouldn’t know her, she goes to another school.

  6. nrith

    So *not* the kind you find in a second-hand store.

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