Female Enlisted Sailors Selected for Submarine Service
Female Enlisted Sailors
Selected for Submarine Service
From Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force Public
Kings Bay, Georgia – (NNS)
– June 22, 2015 – With the release of NAVADMIN 142/15 "FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines
Selections", the first group of enlisted female Sailors from across the Navy has
been chosen to serve in the U.S. Navy's submarine force.
Rear Adm. Charles "Chas" Richard, commander, Submarine Group 10 and Enlisted
Women in Submarines Task Force Commander, said the interest to apply was
"We couldn't be more pleased with the amount of interest shown by enlisted women
in wanting the opportunity to serve in the undersea warfare domain. It's an
exciting time in the submarine force, as we continue to move forward in shaping
the future of our force, drawing from the best pool of talent possible."
Marines prepare to disembark the
guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727)
A strong response fleetwide was received in the call for
enlisted female Sailors applying for conversion into submarine force ratings.
Applications from women representing 31 different ratings from shore and sea
commands worldwide were received for the initial application period to fill four
chief petty officer (E7 paygrade) and 34 rating conversion positions in the
paygrades of E6 and below across the two crews of the USS Michigan (SSGN 727).
Michigan is one of the Navy's Ohio-class guided-submarines homeported in Bangor,
Sailors from nearly every community throughout the Navy applied and the
selections represented this diverse group of applicants, including junior
Sailors who enlisted under the Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT)
program. The skills and experience they are bringing with them into the
submarine force will set the foundation for excelling in their new ratings.
Based on the number of applications, the selection process was competitive and
used an objective review and scoring of each application. Selections were made
based on the Sailor's performance in their current rating, the Sailor's desired
submarine rating assignment, the needs of the ship to fill billets of planned
rotations where appropriate, and lastly the needs of the Navy for rating
community health, both in the old and new ratings. Applications were scored on
performance evaluations, warfare qualifications, commanding officer endorsements,
sea service time, physical readiness testing, and similarity of current rating
to desired submarine rating.
"There were many exceptional candidates who we were unable to select in this
rotation simply because we did not have enough positions open on the first two
crews." said Capt. Rod Hutton, deputy commander for the Enlisted Women in
Submarines Task Force, "These fully qualified Sailors have been placed on the
alternate list and will automatically be considered when we select the next
group in continuing to grow opportunities for women to serve in the submarine
force. We look forward to reviewing their records again, as well as those of
Sailors who want to add their names to the mix this summer and fall."
Each Sailor will be contacted and provided the opportunity to update their
application as they continue to excel in their careers today. For example, a
Sailor selected as an alternate may have received her best evaluation of her
career after submitting her initial application for the first cohort. She will
now have the opportunity to add that stellar evaluation to her existing
With the Sailors having been identified, they will now undergo the standard
submarine medical screening process. After they have cleared medical screening,
they will begin the training pipeline with Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS)
in Groton, Connecticut. Sailors who applied to change ratings will also be
provided the technical training through "A" schools and possibly "C" schools to
prepare them for their new assignment.
These selections are only the first step in a long-term plan approved by the CNO
to integrate the submarine force and provide opportunities for women in the Navy
to serve in all types of submarines in support of all missions in the undersea
warfare domain. The next window for applications will open in July 2015, and
will be announced via a separate NAVADMIN. The second group of enlisted female
submarine conversions will be assigned to another Ohio-class guided-missile
submarine, USS Florida (SSGN 729), homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia.
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