Women in combat

Navy begins training women submariners

Sailors attending Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton Conn. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

Hot on the heels of two women making history by completing the grueling four-month Army Ranger training, the U.S. Navy on Monday began training women for roles on submarines — another first. The Navy selected 38 women for submarine training and the first four women began boot camp on Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, along with 75 men in the class. The women sailors will learn aboard the USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered guided missile submarine. In order to be ready for the women trainees, the Navy had to make some preparations, like updating the barracks on board to meet privacy standards. The Navy is working with an outside contractor to retrofit other submarines’ barracks so that more women can be trained — and eventually — serve on submarines. As of now, women are reportedly expected to be serving aboard submarines by 2020. The Navy is also reportedly preparing to begin integrating women into its famed SEAL training program.

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