FEMALE GREEN BERETS
[I received the following as an email requesting that I publish it, to possibly attract an investigation. —Jeffrey A. Friedberg]
I recently spent some time at the Special Forces Decade Association Headquarters, talking with a few generations of our finest.
There were some serious allegations about the first woman to pass the Special Forces “Q,” Assessment and Selection Phase course, recently. If these allegations are true, they represent to me significant corruption, ethical and leadership failures, and potentially serious future problems.
What I heard was this: the Assessment and Selection Committee Sergeant Major resigned his position in objection to what his NCO Cadres were ordered to accept.
The Cadre of the Assessment and Selection Committee were ordered to sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent anyone knowing that the woman in question was in fact non-selected by the committee for several glaring performance failures.
She failed in her peer review ratings during “team week;” she failed the land navigation phase by being too close to the road (she was “road kill” more than once—and “once” is failed), and she didn’t find all the points required.
However, despite non-selection by those charged with and authorized to pass candidates as qualified, Major General Sontag, the J.F.K. Special Warfare Center and Schools Commander, personally intervened and changed the evaluation—thereby reversing the Cadre’s findings.
During an after-discussion , those who spoke with knowledgeable sources made the point that it was entirely possible that a qualified woman candidate would be able to make it through without changing and lowering the standards applied to all equally.
If the above alleged facts are true, the manipulation to reach a dishonest result will affect the high standard of pride and moral of the men and future women who have and will succeed in receiving Green Berets.
MAJOR GENERAL KURT SONTAG: