Submarine Force Looking for Enlisted Women

Story Number: NNS161026-12Release Date: 10/26/2016 2:15:00 PM
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By Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton

HONOLULU (NNS) -- The Enlisted Women in Submarine Task Force hosted a recruitment and conversion brief at Lockwood Hall Sept. 29.

The recruitment for this cycle of applicants comes on the heels of successful integration of female officers and senior enlisted Sailors onboard submarines that started in 2010.

In January 2013, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Exclusion act which restricted women from serving onboard submarines.

Naval Administrative (NAVADMIN) message 19/15 entitled, "Opening Submarine Force Billets to Enlisted Women," detailed the enlisted women integration plan and was formally approved in December 2014 for federal funding by Congress.

This year, NAVADMIN message 196/16 detailed requirements for female Sailors interested in applying.

Female Sailors in ranks seaman recruit to senior chief petty officer are eligible to apply.

Chief petty officer and senior chief petty officer conversions are available for information systems technician (ITS), logistics specialist (LS), culinary specialist (CS), and yeoman (YN).

Petty officer first class and below conversions are available for sonar technician, fire control technician, machinist's mate-weapons, machinist's mate-Auxiliary, missile technician, electronics technician-navigation, electronics technician-communications, LS, ITS, CS, and YN.

This cycle of conversions will be for the initial enlisted integration of guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) submarine crews in Bangor, Washington in 2018.

Applications are due by April 1, 2017 and the selection process will begin in May 2017.

For more information on how to apply see your command career counselor and visit

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Submarine Force Looking for Enlisted Women
160929-N-LY160-022 PEARL HARBOR (Sep. 29, 2016) Master Chief Paul J. Davenport, Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet force master chief, speaks to Sailors about the opportunities that enlisted women have aboard submarines during a presentation at Lockwood Hall in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force is a committee formed in 2013 by the Submarine Force Commander to coordinate and support successful gender integration of the submarine force (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee/Released)
September 29, 2016
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