The Navy is forcing one of the most elite fighting groups in the United States Military to go gender-neutral.
Words like “brotherhood” and “man” have been removed from the official SEAL ethos instead they’ve changed them to “citizen” and “warrior.”
In the first paragraph of the SEAL ethos it now reads: “I am that warrior.” Originally, it read, “I am that man.” In another change, the ethos now says, “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed.” Originally that sentence read, “A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.”
The ethos now reads, “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.” Instead of, “the ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from others.”
Lastly, the term “brave men” has also been changed to read “brave SEALs.”
Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup said, “The previous versions of the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare.”
Stroup made sure to add that the changes do not change the standard that SEALs are required to meet.
“The changes do not in any way reflect lowering standards of entry,” added Stroup. “rather they ensure that all those who meet the requirements to train to become a SEAL or SWCC are represented in the ethos or creed they live out.”
In 2015, Obama’s defense secretary Ash Carter ordered that the military open all jobs to women including special forces.
No women have completed the SEAL or SWCC qualifications course.
In July the first woman completed the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course and moved on to a Green Beret Team. The new Green Beret, a National Guard soldier, will report to a Special Forces Group for assignment to an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA or A team), according to the Army Times.
Woman have served alongside SEALs and the Green Beret during campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan however, have never been eligible for the training and designation of their male counterparts.
For example, Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent started her career collecting ground intelligence for SEAL strike forces. She ended up being a seasoned operator working with Delta Force and SEAL Team 6. After four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, she was selected to deploy with a SOF task force in Syria. In an ISIS attack, she was killed in 2019 alongside John Farmer, a Green Beret; Scott Wirtz, Navy SEAL; and Ghadir Taher, Arabic Linguist.
As long as the standards don’t change most Americans are fine with women entering these roles. However, what the Navy did is concerning to many that feel Critical Race Theory – that the President just nipped in the butt – is infecting special operations. Some are worried that what the Navy just did is a slippery slope to neutering some of our best warfighters.