You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Navy to survey women on interest in submarine duty

Mar. 7, 2014 - 05:24PM   |  
  • Filed Under

GROTON, CONN. — A survey to be issued soon to female sailors across the Navy will measure their level of interest in serving aboard submarines, part of a review that could lead to enlisted women joining the undersea force by 2016.

The responses, expected this summer, will help guide the work of a panel led by a Groton-based admiral charged with developing options for integration, Navy spokesman Lt. Timothy Hawkins said Thursday.

“The ability to attract, recruit and retain quality female sailors is essential to the success of integration,” Hawkins said.

The Navy reversed a ban on women in submarines in April 2010. Female officers already serve on ballistic-missile and guided-missile subs, and next year female officers will begin reporting for assignment on smaller attack submarines, where sleeping quarters pose more of a privacy problem.

The panel, led by Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, is developing options for the integration of enlisted ranks as early as 2016.

Hawkins said the propensity for women to serve is one issue the panel is exploring along with others including modifications that might be required to the submarines, possible changes in recruiting and issues related to retention.

Groton-based contractor Electric Boat is working on a design for a new submarine to replace the aging Ohio-class ballistic missile subs. The Navy said it is working with contractors on a design that would accommodate female officers and mixed-gender crews.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In Careers

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

First sergeant vs. master sergeant
Choose the rank that's best for your career

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook