The Defense Department opened all combat positions to women in 2016. Since then, three women have completed the 24-day Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, but none have completed the Qualification Course. The enlisted soldier is currently in the National Guard and will expected to become an 18C, or Special Forces engineer sergeant. Lt. Col. Loren Bymer has commented that while she has not officially graduated, it is almost guaranteed. A report from 1981 showed one other female soldier eligible for Special Forces, Capt. Kathleen Wilder, who was determined to have been denied graduation due to sex discrimination. 2017 also saw a Green Beret instructor complain about the newly revamped course, claiming the changes made it easier for women to pass.
The Crossroads of Special Operations