Sgt. Bailey Weis didn’t set out to be a trailblazer, but she became one late last month when she completed the second phase of the arduous selection process for Marine special operators, a feat no other woman has accomplished.
Weis made it through Phase Two of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Assessment and Selection course, a highly competitive and secretive program that tests candidates’ mental and physical prowess to make it as a Raider. But after being passed over for selection to continue in MARSOC’s training pipeline despite her accomplishment, she’s now opting to leave the Marine Corps behind for other opportunities.
Weis, an aviation maintenance controller with Marine Attack Squadron 542, made it through both phases on her first try. But she “was not selected to continue on to the Individual Training Course,” said Maj. Nick Mannweiler, a MARSOC spokesman.