Friday, October 30, 2015

Enlisted Women In Subs

The application window for the second round of female enlisted applicants for submarine service is in full swing.  I cannot emphasize enough how exciting a time this is for the Submarine Force.  I have been a submariner for more than thirty years, and I am honored to be a part of this important milestone in our Navy's history.
I am proud to say that my mother was a Navy WAVE, meaning she was one of the first enlisted women in the Navy.  I view the opening of the submarine service to women as a tribute to the courageous women of her generation who chose to serve despite the obstacles.  They were pioneers, and a new generation of Sailors can now carry on their legacy as the first female enlisted submariners in the U.S. Navy.

We have launched a website that will serve as a consolidated source of information for new applicants, Sailors who have already applied, and any future applicants.  Here is the link:

In support of this second application window, the Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force is conducting a road show, where teams of submariners and knowledgeable senior leadership will visit fleet concentration areas to give interested Sailors the opportunity to ask questions in an open, informative forum. The dates and times of the road show can be found at the above website.

We are doing everything we can to make sure information is readily accessible to interested Sailors, and will be adding resources to the website as they become available. Be sure to check it regularly and share any questions or feedback you have.

I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity if you are interested in joining the submarine community!