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Enlisted Women in Submarines (EWIS) Program

Becoming a Submariner EWIS Road Show Applying for EWIS Contacts History of Women in Submarines Resources KINGS BAY, Ga. (March 20, 2013) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

On 22 June 2015, the Navy announced the selections of the first enlisted female submariners. These selections marked a key milestone in the continued integration of women into the Submarine Force and the Navy is pleased to announce the beginning of the third round of selections of female Sailors for conversion to Submarine Force ratings. The Submarine Force is seeking high caliber female applicants from all ratings. Sailors from all communities are eligible to apply for submarine service as part of this initiative.

Becoming a Submariner

EWIS Road Show

If you are interested in learning more about the Enlisted Women in Submarines program the EWIS team will be visiting the following locations to answer your questions:

New dates will be added following the announcement for the next selection cycle. Check back soon!

Applying for EWIS

Sailors from all communities are eligible to apply for submarine service as part of this initiative

All rates are available for conversion into the following rates/NOS codes (E6 and Below):

  • C130 – Fire Control Technician (FT)
  • C150/C151 – Machinist’s Mate (MM) (Auxiliary or Weapons)
  • C121/C126 – Electronics Technician (ET) (Navigation or Communication)
  • C170 – Culinary Specialist (CS)
  • C220 – Logistics Specialist (LS)
  • C250 – Yeoman (YN)
  • C260 – Information Systems Technician (ITS)
  • C230 – Sonar Technician Submarines (STS)
  • C180 – Missile Technician (MT)

Available rates/NOS codes for conversion (E7-E8):

  • C260 – Information Systems Technician (ITS)
  • C170 – Culinary Specialist (CS)
  • C220 – Logistics Specialist (LS)
  • G065 – Independent Duty Corpsman HM(IDC)
  • C250 – Yeoman (YN)

Nuclear Rates:

Based on an evaluation of community health, Sailors in surface nuclear ratings already in the fleet are not eligible for conversion. The Submarine Force will be accepting nuclear trained female Sailors out of the nuclear training pipeline or Junior Staff Instructors. Nuclear trained rates will be selected via a separate application process a few months prior to each crew integration. Contact your nuclear enlisted community manager (ECM) for more information.

Eligibility

All Sailors, regardless of rating or rank, must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for conversion:

  • Be a U.S. citizen already in possession of, or capable of receiving, a secret security clearance.
  • Meet Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) requirements for the desired rating(s) as outlined in reference (a).
  • Have no non-judicial punishments or convictions in civilian or military courts within the past 24 months.
  • Be medically screened and suitable for duty aboard a submarine per reference

Application Process

Further details for the application process of the next selection cycle will be promulgated via NAVADMIN soon.

The following is required for initial application:

  • Up to three submarine rating choices in order of preference;
  • Last three performance evaluations. Sailors with minimal service
    and less than three evaluations are still eligible and should submit all
    evaluations on record;
  • Physical readiness information maintenance system data covering
    the last four years of physical fitness assessment information, as available;
  • ASVAB scores (E-6 and below only);
  • Official statement volunteering for submarine service
  • CPO applicants are highly encouraged to submit a personal
    statement addressing their motivation for assignment to the Submarine Force
    and to clarify any potential issues with their official record.

Upon receiving the initial application, the submarine ECM will coordinate with the Sailor and her command to complete the below remaining items by 1 May 2017:

  • Enlisted Personnel Action Request (NAVPERS 1306/7) signed by the
    Sailor and the Sailors commanding officer (CO) that clearly states the
    recommended earliest and latest release dates from the current command and
    the Sailors top three submarine rating preferences.
  • CO recommendation letter (optional).
  • Completed submarine duty physical. Interested candidates are
    encouraged to start this process as soon as possible following their decision
    to apply.

Please refer to NAVADMIN 196/16 – ENLISTED WOMEN IN SUBMARINES RATING CONVERSION PROCESS CYCLE 3 for the full details of the application process. A sample EWIS package is available as well as guidance on medical screening.

For specific questions, please check the EWIS Freqently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact an appropriate point of contact listed below.

Contacts

Submarine Enlisted Community Managers

  • CDR Jared Smith – Submarine Non-Nuclear ECM
    901-874-2082
  • LT Ryan Rhea – Assistant Submarine Non-Nuclear ECM
    901-874-2081
  • STSCS(SS) John Cambis – Submarine Non-Nuclear ECM Technical Advisor
    901-874-4367
  • YNC(SS) Aaron Norton – Submarine Non-Nuclear ECM Technical Advisor
    901-874-2819
  • LCDR Chris Carter – Submarine Nuclear ECM
    703-604-5493
  • ETCM(SW) Victor Harris
    703-604-5492

Women in Submarines Coordinator

  • LT Marquette Leveque  757-836-2103

Medical Contacts 

For questions regarding medical fitness for submarine duty:

  • COMSUBLANT FORCE IDC (Norfolk, VA):
    757-836-1351/1354
  • COMSUBPAC FORCE IDC (Pearl Harbor, HI):
    808-473-1479/5788

Contact numbers and locations of Submarine Force Homeport Medical Departments:

  • Naval Submarine Support Center New London (Groton, CT):
    860-694-2470/2795
  • Commander Submarine Squadron 6 (Norfolk, VA):
    757-967-6175
  • Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay (Kings Bay, GA):
    912-573-2939/4245
  • Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor, WA (Bangor, WA):
    360-396-6789
  • Commander Submarine Squadron 11 (San Diego, CA):
    619-553-8719
  • Naval Submarine Support Center Pearl Harbor (Pearl Harbor, HI):
    808-473-2899/3771
  • Commander Submarine Squadron 15 (Guam):
    671-339-2156/671-343-2191

History of Women in Submarines

In January 2013, the Secretary of Defense rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Exclusion act which restricted women from serving onboard submarines. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed the armed forces to integrate women into occupational fields to the maximum extent possible and without sacrificing our warfighting capability or the trust of the American people.

Female officers began serving aboard United States Submarines in 2011. Today there are 18 crews integrated with female officers across four homeports. More than 40 female officers have qualified in submarines and earned their dolphins. In early 2016, the first female enlisted arrived on USS Michigan homeported in Bangor, Washington. In 2017, USS Florida homeported in Kings Bay, GA will be the second submarine to receive enlisted women.

Enlisted Women in Submarines Milestones

  • June 2014: Enlisted Integration plan approved by SECNAV/CNO
  • December 2014: Congressional notification of plan to integrate enlisted women on submarines complete
  • January 2015: All submarine ratings/NECs opened to women
  • January 2016: First female enlisted arrives on USS Michigan
  • May 2016: Second female enlisted cohort announced for integration on USS Florida
  • August 2016: First female enlisted qualified in submarines

Resources

EWIS Fleet Brief – 31 October 2016

Posters

161114-D-MO260-001 Fort Meade, Maryland (Nov. 14, 2016) Infographic showing the history and progression of officers and enlisted women in the submarine community. (Defense Media Activity graphic by Willie Kendrick/Released)

161116-D-MO260-001 Fort Meade, Maryland (Nov16,2016) “I Earned My Dolphins” 11x17 WWII style recruiting poster to encourage enlisted women to apply for jobs in the submarine community. Navy.mil/EWIS (Defense Media Activity graphic by Willie Kendrick/Released)

161128-D-MO260-002 Fort Meade, Maryland (Nov 28, 2016) “I Earned My Dolphins” 8.5x11 WWII style recruiting poster to encourage enlisted women to apply for jobs in the submarine community. Navy.mil/EWIS (Defense Media Activity graphic by Willie Kendrick/Released)

161129-D-MO260-002 Fort Meade, Maryland (Nov 29, 2016) Illustration 8.5x11 WWII style recruiting poster to encourage enlisted women to apply for jobs in the submarine community. Navy.mil/EWIS (Defense Media Activity graphic by Willie Kendrick/Released)

 

 

 

 

 

161116-D-MO260-001 Fort Meade, Maryland (Nov16,2016) 10x12 poster of a submarine port. Recruiting poster to encourage enlisted women to apply for jobs in the submarine community. Navy.mil/EWIS (Defense Media Activity graphic by Willie Kendrick/Released)