A female National Guard soldier has made military history upon graduating into the United States Army Special Forces, making her the first woman to become a Green Beret since the unit’s formation in 1952.
Before this year’s graduation, the Green Berets were among the last Army assignments without any women since the Pentagon passed a reform four years ago that ensured women could apply for combat and special operations roles.
“From here, you will go forward and join the storied formation of the Green Berets where you will do what you are trained to do: challenge assumptions, break down barriers, smash through stereotypes, innovate and achieve the impossible,” says Lieutenant General Francis Beaudette, commander of Army Special Operations Command, to the 2020 graduates. “Thankfully, after today, our Green Beret men and women will forever stand in the hearts of free people everywhere.”
The woman, unnamed for security reasons, received her Green Beret in North Carolina after completely a famously exhausting Special Forces Qualification course of which she “excelled throughout”, according to a senior Army official.