DVIDS – News – What’s New with Women Enlisted in Submarines


The Navy is actively seeking female sailors to convert into the force to fill open cantonments on submarines with integrated crews, as well as quarters in crews scheduled for integration.

Five years after the enlisted women first joined the Submarine Force, the Navy has now taken the program to the next level.

Announced in NAVADMIN 233/21 on October 21, female non-nuclear sailors and pay grades E8 and below can now apply to be converted to the submarine force at any time.

Additionally, some female sailors in nuclear power assessments and training pipelines can apply through a separate approval process.

“The Navy and Submarine Force are pleased to announce that applications from female sailors at the E1-E8 pay levels to convert to Submarine Force non-nuclear qualifications are being accepted on an ongoing basis,” the Navy said. Rear Admiral James Waters III, Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy.

“Applications will be processed as they are received, and there is no specified deadline. “

The Navy is actively seeking female sailors to convert into the force to fill open cantonments on submarines with integrated crews, as well as quarters in crews scheduled for integration.

Women officers have been going to sea in submarines since 2011. Three years later, the plan for the incorporation of enlisted women was announced, drawing lessons from the past 40 years of integrating women into other communities in the region. Marine.

The first Underwater Women Group was built using a top-down approach, rather than a bottom-up like in previous integrations. This resulted in female officers leading the way, followed by senior enlisted leaders to ensure young enlisted women had strong support systems to lean on.

Between 2015 and 2018, the Navy made four separate calls for female sailors to convert to undersea ratings. Currently, there are over 200 enlisted female sailors serving on eight crews.

The long-term plan is that by 2030, 33 submarine crews will have female officers and 14 crews will have female enlisted. All classes of submarines will be integrated with female officers.

Only the current guided missile submarines (SSGN) and two guided missile submarines (SSGN) have women on board. In the future, all future Columbia-class guided missile submarines and all Virginia-class rapid attack submarines, starting with the USS New Jersey (SSN 796), will have enlisted women in their crews.

A complete list of currently integrated submarines and their home ports is provided in the message.

Professional Apprentice Career Track (PACT) sailors and junior sailors are encouraged to apply, even with limited service time, no war qualifications or sea experience.

For E-6 and junior sailors, the following submarine career areas are open for conversion:

Career areas in service support including Yeoman Submarines (YNS), Kitchen Specialty Submarines (CSS), and Logistics Specialty Sub (LSS).
Career areas in underwater electronics including underwater sonar technician (STS), fire control technician (FT), electronics-navigation technician (ETV), missile technician (MT) and systems technician submarine information (ITS-electronic warfare and communications).
Career areas in mechanics include Torpedoman (TM) and Machinists Mate-Auxiliary (MMA).
E-7 and E-8 applications will be accepted into the Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS-Electronic Warfare and Communications Career Paths Yeoman Submarines (YNS), Culinary Specialist Submarines (CSS), and Logistics Specialist Submarines ( LSS).

Navy officials are hoping to get female personnel specialists E-7 and E-8 to apply for the conversion to YNS rating, as the skills required are similar.

“Each request will be evaluated to ensure that the Chief Petty Officer has the experience and expertise to manage and oversee all administrative and personal actions to support the crew in the role of leading YNS aboard a submarine. “said Waters.

The conversion for female nuclear-trained sailors E-6 and below is available to sailors in the initial training pipeline, as well as to qualified sailors currently serving as instructors in nuclear power training units (NPTUs).

For these Sailors, requests are handled by the Nuclear Propulsion Programs Manager (OPNAV N133), in coordination with the NPTU command guidance counselor of the Marin site.

The available quotas will be filled as applications are processed, so interested seafarers should submit their applications as soon as possible.

Further details on the application process as well as numerous contact points are available in NAVADMIN.

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Date taken: 22.10.2021
Date posted: 12.31.2021 10:29
Story ID: 412255
Site: WASHINGTON, DC, United States

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