Tags: nuclear power, submarines, usna, women
The first women selected to serve onboard submarines have been identified. Some questions are worth asking…and they deserve answers. In the interest of transparency, the Navy owes the public – at the very least the sub community – an explanation of how these ladies were chosen for this elite duty. How many competed for selection? And how will future female submarine assignments beÂ made?
USNI Blogger MIDN Jeff Withington recently described theÂ rigorous screening processÂ he completed for selection to nuclear power and the submarine community. ConsideringÂ that annual nuke power and subÂ assignments were made last October, wasÂ a similar selection process held recently forÂ these female candidates? Was some other process used?
Because the first group of females did not compete for assignment in October, they apparently didn’t compete against anyone exceptÂ themselves. Until we know how many women applied, we won’t knowÂ how tough (statistically at least) the competition was. In the future, women should compete against for assignment to the submarine community without quotas, on equal footing against men and each other. Certainly the ‘right’ number of women need to be selected to fill staterooms and not leave a ship’s manningÂ unbalanced, but otherwise, women should compete against every other applicant for assignment to this community.