The Army will soon have women flying special operations missions.
As part of a push by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno to open more combat roles for women, the Army is looking for women for pilot and crew chief billets for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, according to the Army Times.
That fact: 160th normally conducts a selection course. It’s not exactly SFAS or RASP, but the air and ground personnel who experience it feel like they were well wrung out. it’s an important rite of passage, then, into ARSOF aviation.
The selection standards will be modified as necessary so that the initial women volunteers pass.
We won’t editorialize on that. That’s the aviators’ to do, not ours.