Thursday, January 22, 2015

#NewsBham - US Navy Lifts Long Time Ban, Lets Women Sail on Subs

Navy Times today announced that in the spirit of the US Navy's trend toward acceptance of diversity, female enlisted sailors will now be allowed to join submarine crews.
 
Interested candidates will be considered for inclusion into a "phased integration" which is scheduled to coalesce into complete integration by 2020. 

The Navy already includes women officers on a number of Submarines. Enlisted female sailors will begin training and placement for current ballistic-missile submarines over the next five years. By 2020 the plan is for them to be fully integrated into new Virginia-class Block IV/V attack submarines as they become available.

"Today, an historical NAVADMIN was released, and I’m pleased to announce that the Navy will commence integration of enlisted women into the submarine service.  Integrating female enlisted Sailors into the Submarine Force is a natural next step to the complete integration of women in the Navy overall. Our community continues to expand, grow and improve as we welcome both officer and enlisted women. There are very capable Sailors who have the talent and desire to succeed in the submarine force and in the past we haven’t been able to call upon them. Drawing from a full pool of Sailor talent will help the Navy maintain the world’s best Submarine Force as well as provide a greater range of service options and career opportunities for our female shipmates." - Rear Admiral Charles A. “Chas” Richard
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