Then (2010 & 11)
SECNAV: Women will serve on attack subs
The Navy lifted its ban on women serving aboard submarines in 2010
started assigning female officers to SSBN
and SSGN subs.
Female officers are due to begin reporting to
attack submarines by January 2015, and, (27 APR 2011) Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said enlisted women would also have the opportunity to serve onboard attack submarines, not just the guided-missile and ballistic boats open to them today.
"The Navy is "doing whatever needs to be done [ed. APPARENTLY NOT; (see below)] to integrate women into
attack submarines as well. That will be a little further down the road.
The same thing is true for enlisted, moving forward doing the things we
will have to do to integrate them. That effort is well underway and I
don't see any insurmountable hurdles to what's happening to women with
submarines. I don't think that should be an area that's off-limits to
women in the Navy," Mabus said during a breakfast meeting with reporters
Everyone knows the horse goes before the cart, right? Apparently, reality recently struck SECNAV Mabus. Admirals now say, the Navy is considering enlisted women for sub duty:
Navy to gauge interest among female sailors in serving on subs
- 25 FEB 2014, The Day Publishing Company New London
Enlisted women may join crews starting in 2016
- The Navy will soon ask every female sailor whether she is interested in
joining the submarine force, and the answers will help shape the
strategy for bringing enlisted women aboard subs.
One group is responsible for gauging how many enlisted women will want to serve aboard submarines. Other
working groups are looking at ship configuration, what submarines to
integrate, or what modifications will be required and when; sailor rate
conversion, or what specific rates, or jobs, the submarine force will
use to bring current female sailors into the submarine force; and
recruiting development and accession planning, or whether any changes
are needed in the recruiting practices and policies or in how the
training a sailor completes before reporting to a submarine is
structured, Hawkins said. Another group will use the findings to craft
the initial plan.
Apparently, the experiment with women officers already onboard more spacious
subs has suffered a higher than expected lost-interest rate that makes putting women on even smaller attack subs less auspicious
Submarines are always silent and strange.
Labels: attack subs, hardship, interest, lost-interest, modifications, ratings, RAy Mabus, SECNAV, ship configurate, women