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.
The NAVADMINs outline in detail the steps for enlisted women who wish to become Submariners. Our phased integration approach will build on our successful integration of women officers. Each phase minimizes operational impacts and provides optimal flexibility, equity and timeliness at reasonable cost.
- Phase I achieves crew integrations over a five-year period in both Pacific and Atlantic-based guided-missile and ballistic-missile submarines previously integrated with women officers.
- Phase II calls for integrating enlisted women on new construction Virginia-class Block IV/V attack submarines beginning in 2020, as the ships become operational.
- The plan includes periodic assessments to inform both the pace and end-state of the integration.
The Navy, and especially the submarine community, is dedicated to providing all Sailors the opportunity to serve in the Submarine Force. This is an important opportunity…to find new talent…to grow our skills…to ensure we remain the premier fighting force for future generations.
If you’re an enlisted female Sailor interested in this new and exciting opportunity to become a submariner, please click on the below links to: