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  • Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

    08/12/2017 1:56:43 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Julie Watson, Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed 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. No other woman has started the long process required to become a Navy SEAL, Walton said...
  • Candidate to be first female Navy SEAL officer quits after a week: report

    08/11/2017 12:04:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 10, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    A woman aiming to become the first female Navy SEAL officer quit about a week into the initial training, Task and Purpose reported Thursday.The unidentified female candidate dropped out in early August during a three-week course in San Diego that began July 24. It was the first assessment of potential SEAL officers before they can be sent on to more grueling courses, according to the website, which cited "multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources."
  • First Ever Female Navy SEAL Candidate Quits Officer SEAL Screening Course Days After Starting

    08/10/2017 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 08/06/17 | Josh Cotton, Ph.D
    “Navy SEAL officers are expected to lead from the front in all categories, especially in physical fitness.” Official Naval Special Warfare Website On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 the first female to gain entry to the SEAL Officer Assessment & Selection (SOAS) program voluntarily quit. The three-week course began Monday, July 24th, 2017 in San Diego, California home of the Navy SEAL training base, and by Wednesday it was all over for this candidate. Making history, in the summer of 2017 the US Navy accepted its first female officer candidate into the Naval Special Warfare officer screening pipeline called the SEAL...
  • The US Military is Committing Suicide

    07/23/2017 4:45:17 PM PDT · by pboyington · 37 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 23, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is on an endless kamikaze run into oblivion, intent on destroying itself and seemingly unconcerned about putting the national security of this nation in peril. Yes, you heard it here. The leaders of the US military are so concerned with political correctness that they don’t give a damn about the defense of this nation. The latest bit of lunatic social engineering was reported by CNN yesterday. A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL. The candidate, a midshipman, and another woman have enlisted as the first...
  • The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

    07/21/2017 10:58:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | July 21, 2017 | LAUREL WAMSLEY
    The Navy says it has its first female candidates for two elite special operations jobs previously closed to women — including a prospective SEAL. One woman is in the pipeline to be a SEAL officer, and another is on the path to becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. The news was first reported by Military.com, an independent website. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations. The announcement comes more than 18 months after the Pentagon declared that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. "They are the first candidates that have made it this far in...
  • Navy Has First Female Applicants for SEAL Officer, Special Boat Units

    07/20/2017 5:04:58 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 53 replies
    Military.com ^ | 19 Jul 2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    More than a year after a mandate for the Pentagon opened previously closed ground combat and special operations jobs to women, officials say the Navy has its first female candidates for its most elite special warfare roles. Two women were in boot camp as candidates for the Navy's all-enlisted Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program, Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar told members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service in June. Another woman, who sources say is a junior in an ROTC program at an unnamed college, has applied for a spot in the...
  • Record Shattered Longest Sniper Kill

    06/28/2017 11:43:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 29 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/28/2017 | C Bolton
    Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq and the distance is astronomical. Movies and Hollywood have made snipers a folklore and myth that brings fear into the minds of their enemies. But this sniper shot is 100% real and it is unbelievable to comprehend. A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces has obliterated the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot ever. An other wordly distance of 3,540 meters long. That is 2.19964 miles away. Let your brain think on that one for a little bit. Read the rest of the longest shot story here.
  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    06/22/2017 3:09:08 PM PDT · by Hadean · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. “ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed...
  • Lockheed Unveils New Super Versatile Special Operations C-130 Variant

    06/21/2017 4:00:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The C-130's legacy as the do everything air hauler is well cemented into the annals of aviation and military history. But over 60 years after it first flew, the iconic design just keeps getting better. Today it's all about multirole platforms, where one aircraft can execute many different missions. For much of its life, the USAF has fielded tricked-out special operations variants of the mighty Hercules, and in recent years, bolt-on systems have given the most mild-mannered Hercules incredible new capabilities—from surveillance to close air support. Now Lockheed is rolling all the modular versatility it can into a single exportable...
  • In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

    05/31/2017 6:46:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 18, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers. TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this...
  • Navy SEAL killed in Jersey City parachute accident is identified

    05/29/2017 5:39:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | May 29, 2017
    The Navy Seal who was killed in Jersey City yesterday after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration has been identified as 27-year-old Remington Peters. Peters was a fiercely loyal role model whose accomplishments "far outweigh his years," his family said in a statement issued by the Navy. Peters is "painfully missed," the family said. "He was an angel on earth and role model to all," the statement reads. "We couldn't have been more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same." Peters was killed yesterday after he plunged into the...
  • U.S. Navy Seal dies in parachute accident over Hudson

    05/28/2017 3:24:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    nj,com ^ | May 28, 2017
    A Navy Seal team member has died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River. A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. The victim wasn't identified pending notification of family.
  • Report: Brit Special Forces sniper takes out ISIS sniper 1.5 miles away(.408)

    05/22/2017 5:41:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/22/2017 | thomas lifeson
    Imagine firing a gun and taking out a sniper so far away that the bullet takes 3 seconds to arrive, traveling at supersonic speed. With one shot! But an unnamed British SAS Special Forces sniper is reported to have done just that. The UK Daily Star has the story: The long-range shot took place almost two weeks ago as part of a counter-sniper operation during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The SAS soldier, a sergeant who was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hit the Iraqi in the throat as he left a burned-out...
  • Leader of ISIS Branch in Afghanistan Killed in Special Forces Raid

    05/07/2017 6:03:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2017 | MUJIB MASHAL
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan who orchestrated audacious attacks that further upended the country’s deteriorating security situation was killed in a special forces raid last month, the president of Afghanistan said in a statement on Sunday. The militant leader, Abdul Hasib, had overseen a number of bloody attacks that directly challenged the authority of President Ashraf Ghani, including a massacre at the main Afghan Army hospital in Kabul that killed at least 50 people. Mr. Hasib was killed in an operation on April 27 in eastern Nangarhar Province, along the border with Pakistan,...
  • Navy SEAL killed in action in Somalia

    05/05/2017 8:44:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2017 | by Barbara Starr
    A US military member was killed and two others were wounded in Somalia when they were attacked while on a mission advising Somali National Army forces, US Africa Command confirmed Friday. The US service member killed in action was a Navy SEAL, a US defense official told CNN. The incident occurred Thursday during an operation against local al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab 40 miles west of Mogadishu near the town of Barii. The wounded are receiving medical attention, another US defense official told CNN. The troops came under small arms fire.
  • World's First Female Special Forces Unit

    04/17/2017 11:39:34 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 41 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 4-17-17 | Carolina Reid
    ELVERUM, Norway — An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland. Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front seats and run for cover behind the carcass of an old, rusty tank. Firing their weapons at targets along the snow-covered hillside, they call for support from the rest of their unit. This firefight is just a drill, but the soldiers taking part are battling to break down one of the final barriers to women serving in the armed forces. They are training to become part of...
  • Afghanistan: Friend raises $181,000 for family of Green Beret killed

    04/14/2017 11:25:52 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 04/14/2017
    Online donations have poured in for the family of a Green Beret killed in action while fighting ISIS extremists in Afghanistan over the weekend, Fox & Friends reported Friday. The GoFundMe page for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar’s wife and five children raised more than $181,000 by Friday morning, far surpassing the original goal of $15,000.
  • Seal squad that killed Osama bin Laden ‘is training up in South Korea to take out Kim Jong-un’

    04/12/2017 6:58:51 AM PDT · by Mariner · 98 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 12th, 2017 | By Victoria Craw for news.com.au and Danny Collins
    THE crack US Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden is reportedly training to take out North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un. Seal Team Six is taking part in secretive drills alongside other elite US forces in South Korea amid rising tensions with Pyongyang, news.com.au reports.
  • US Special Forces Obliterate ISIS Fighters Trying To Assault Base

    04/10/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by kevcol · 51 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jonah Bennett
    ISIS fighters launched an assault on the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria, according to the two officials who spoke to NBC News. Approximately 20-30 ISIS fighters, some with suicide vests, were following behind a vehicle that was carrying an improvised explosive device. American forces are stationed at the base, which is used to train Syrian rebels. Other American troops on a nearby patrol responded after hearing about the attack to provide assistance. U.S. and coalition forces killed the ISIS fighters through direct fire and airstrikes, leaving zero survivors. No Americans were killed in the fight.
  • Russia moving special forces into Libya

    03/14/2017 5:29:03 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/14/17 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say that Russia has apparently been moving special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to a report by Reuters. The U.S. is concerned that such a Russian deployment may signify Russian support for Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback on March 3 when the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) attacked oil ports controlled by his forces. U.S. officials claimed that their surveillance units had observed Russian special operations forces and unmanned aircraft at Sidi Barrani, which is about 100 km from the Egypt-Libya...