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Army accepts first women to attend school to become Green Berets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Two female Army officers will make history when they report
to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in their first step toward earning the Special Forces tab
and becoming Green Berets.

The female officers, whom Army officials declined to identify, could attend their first
Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) class as early as October.

Col. Nestor A. Sadler, commandant of the Special Forces Regiment at the U.S. Army
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center School at Fort Bragg, confirmed that the
two female candidates had accepted invitations for the SFAS class.

“Two females met the requirements for SFAS and were nominated by the ARSOF
[Army Special Operations Forces] selection panel to attend SFAS. One candidate
declined her invitation and withdrew from the process. Special Forces Branch asked
why. On the last day to accept or decline the invitation, she changed her mind and
accepted the invitation to attend SFAS,” Col. Sadler said.

At a recent Special Forces Association conference in Jacksonville, Col. Sadler said
that the Army selection panel had reviewed the application packets of seven female
officers. Of those, two were approved for the SFAS class, he said.