Report: Enlisted Women to Serve on Attack Submarines by 2020

Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Navy Times reports that “with female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service’s historic integration.”  

“By 2020, the Navy plans to have women make up 20 percent of the enlisted crew on seven of the 18 Ohio-class submarines, according to the Navy’s latest integration plan. The plan also calls for enlisted women to begin serving on attack submarines after 2020, when the Block IV Virginia-class submarines begin entering the service.”  

“’There are many very capable women with the talent and desire to succeed in the submarine force. Drawing from this talent enables us to maintain our undersea dominance,’ Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement to Navy Times. “For these reasons, we have been working diligently to integrate enlisted women into the submarine force.”