Photo: U.S. Army/Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Inspector General pushed back against Secretary Robert Wilkie last week, after Wilkie called an allegation of sexual assault in a D.C. facility "unsubstantiated."

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Sgt. Danielle Farber, a medical instructor at the 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute at Fort Indiantown Gap, displays her Ranger tab. (U.S. Army/Brad Rhen)

When asked what Army Ranger School was like, Sgt. Danielle Farber wasn't going to beat around the bush: "It sucks."

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Second Lt. Saleha Jabeen, chaplain candidate, hugs a friend after being commissioned into the Air Force, Dec. 18, 2019, at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Jabeen was endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America to become the first female Muslim chaplain in the Department of Defense. (Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

The Air Force made history last month by commissioning 2nd Lt. Saleha Jabeen as the first female Muslim chaplain candidate in the military. Though the commission marks a new chapter in American military history, it is only the latest in a long spiritual journey for Jabeen that started 14 years ago, when she first came to the U.S. as an international student from India.

At the time, Jabeen thought she would earn a Masters of Business Administration and make her mark in the corporate world, Jabeen wrote in a blog post for the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. But after experiencing bigotry and prejudice in the U.S., Jabeen realized she wanted to study Islam to better understand her identity as a Muslim.

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Outgoing Special Boat Team Cmdr. Gary Ryals departs official change of command ceremonies via a simulated hot extraction in a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. The ceremony, held on Sept. 7, 2018, celebrated the change of command between Cmdr. Ryals and incoming Cmdr. Kurt J. Muhler. (U.S. Navy/Angela Fry)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

One of the Navy's smallest and most elite communities may soon have its first female members, Military.com has learned.

Three enlisted women are now in the training pipeline to become special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, small-boat operators frequently teamed with Navy SEALs for infiltration and exfiltration missions. They also conduct reconnaissance and other missions in shallow-water regions.

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The monument will feature 35-foot tall flame with a bronze band covered in the names of women veterans (Monument & Museum to Women Veterans website)

A museum and monument dedicated to women veterans could soon stand at the Pensacola's old Amtrak station building.

Michelle Caldwell, who is behind the nonprofit Monument to Women Veterans, is in the process of raising money for the roughly $2 million project. When finished, the project will include a monument, as well as a museum with conference rooms, a shop and office space for veterans.

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A member assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conducts military dive operations off the East Coast of the United States September 18, 2019 (Navy photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric)

Editor's note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The Navy marked a first earlier this year when a woman completed Navy SEAL officer assessment and selection, Military.com has learned.

At the quarterly meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services in December, a Navy official disclosed that the woman had reached the end of the physically and mentally demanding two-week SOAS process in September. Ultimately, however, she was not selected for a SEAL contract, officials said.

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