Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Very, very odd Backtracking

Then (2010 & 11)

SECNAV: Women will serve on attack subs
The Navy lifted its ban on women serving aboard submarines in 2010 and 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 Wednesday.
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:

Now (2014)

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.

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At 26 February, 2014 22:21, Blogger Pete said...

Hi Vigilis

There are of course many risks:

- fraternization, affairs, lovers fights, suspicious wives and husbands back home,

- pregnancy through failed contraception. Charging a mother-to-be for on board pregnancy on purpose?

How can on board marriage requests be refused?

A dog's breakfast for the Captain.



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