..."The days of Rambo are over," said Major General Bennet Sacolick of the Special Operations Command. "
We're looking for smart, qualified operators. There's a new dynamic ... We're looking for young men
that can speak and learn a foreign language, understand culture, work with indigenous populations and (have) culturally tuned manners."
"The defining characteristic of our operators are intellect. And when people fail in the special forces qualification course, predominantly they fail because they're not doing their homework," he said.
Fully integrating women poses different challenges to different services. Fewer than 1 percent of Air Force jobs are still off-limits to women, while nearly a third of Marine Corps posts are closed.
U.S. Special Operations Command appeared to have the greatest reservations about how to proceed with opening up.
"We don't deploy in large formations. I mean, we send a 12-man (team) ... into very austere, remote environments by themselves," Sacolick said. "That complicates integration, and that's our concern."
The preparations for integrating women into previously all-male units appeared to have as much to do with acceptance by the men as it did with physical performance by women.
"There is an understanding that ... the studies that they're talking about across all dimensions, not just physical, but exactly the behavioral, the social, the cultural, takes time to do," Beyler said....