"Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these [standards] be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason. So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'"
US Navy SEALs are an American Special Forces group created in 1962 that have achieved a near mythical status recently thanks to Operation Neptune Spear - the mission in which SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden.
This major military milestone comes as the US Army also announces the first two female graduates from the prestigious Ranger School, a training programme that prepares soldiers for frontline combat roles.
A U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) candidate navigates a climbing rope at a Naval Special Warfare elevated obstacle course.
Army officials have emphasised that as long as women meet the operational standards and pass the training, there was no reason to bar them from participation, a view adopted in the Danish Army since 1988.