GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Training Support Center (TSC) Headquarters held information sessions for female students and staff interested in becoming submariners, Feb. 6.
Lt. Marquette Leveque, Enlisted Women in Submarines coordinator for Submarine Force Atlantic, and Force Master Chief Petty Officer Paul Davenport, Submarine Force Pacific, briefed more than 80 Sailors and answered questions on the application process and life on submarines.
"We are currently going through the final phases to integrate women into the submarine field," Davenport said. "We have numerous submarines with female officers aboard, and the last leg of this three-phase approach is to recruit three senior and 27 junior enlisted to be fully integrated providing the same opportunities that our surface and air communities provides."
Interested candidates can be selected for conversion to submarine force ratings for the initial enlisted integration of guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726), Bangor, Washington.
"We are seeking hard-charging, motivated female applicants from all ratings," Leveque said. "Sailors from all communities are eligible to apply for submarine service as part of this initiative."
All non-nuclear submarine ratings are available for conversion, and some ratings such as logistics specialist, yeoman, and culinary specialist will offer direct conversion without requiring additional training.
All Sailors, regardless of rating or rank, must be a U.S. citizen already in possession of, or capable of receiving, a secret security clearance; have no non-judicial punishments or convictions in civilian or military courts within the past 24 months; meet Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery requirements for the desired rating; and be medically screened and suitable for duty aboard a submarine per reference.
Selected candidates will be a member of a dual crew aboard Ohio. The crew only owns and operates the boat for 50 percent of the year. During non-operational periods, crews participate in a lot of training, but there are no duty days, and they are home every night and unlikely to work over the weekend.
"This is a very unique situation," Davenport said. "Where else can a Sailor go to their career counselor and say ... 'I want to apply for a specific submarine and homeport with its specific mission set, and is a dual-crew submarine.'"
For additional information and to begin the application process, Sailors can go to http://www.navy.mil/ewis.
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