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First four enlisted women to be integrated into crew of US submarine in 2016

Marines disembark from the USS Michigan during a boat exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)

Starting next year, four enlisted women who completed an intensive basic enlisted submarine course in October will become the first to be integrated into the crew of a US Navy submarine. This summer, 38 enlisted women became the first selectees for a program to begin integrating submarine crews, and in January the next round of selectees is scheduled to be announced.

In October, the Atlantic Fleet’s top enlisted submariner said they were still working on instructions to govern the integration. “We are revising our instruction that was — no kidding — 49 pages long of excruciating detail on what you wear on the treadmill…” said Force Master Chief Wes Koshoffer. “The instruction just ought to read: We will treat each other with dignity and respect because we are professionals. We have a fraternization policy and until we cross those lines, proceed.”

The Navy wants women to make up 20 percent of the crews of seven of the 18 Ohio-class submarines by 2020, at which point they plan to begin integrating women into Virginia-class attack submarines.

Read the full story at The Navy Times.

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