Want to become a female submariner? The Navy says apply anytime

Julia LeDoux
July 17, 2019 - 2:09 pm
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Enlisted Navy women who hope to be submariners, dust off your resumes.

The Navy has announced it will continuously accept applications from female enlisted sailors who want to serve in non-nuclear rates aboard submarines, Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr., chief of naval personnel, wrote in a signed message

“Applications will be processed as they are received, and there is no specified due date,” the statement reads.

Applicants will be considered for open billets on previously integrated submarine crews, including those of the USS Ohio, USS Michigan, USS Florida and USS Georgia. They will also be considered to become part of the crews of subs that are not yet integrated.

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The statement encouraged interested enlisted female sailors to submit their applications ASAP. Applicants must have a clean record, the required Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score for the rating you want, the ability to pass a medical screening, be a U.S. citizen with security clearances or have the ability to qualify for one.

Female sailors can apply to switch to one of 10 open submarine ratings as a result of the change. Four of those ratings are open to chief petty officers and senior chief petty officers.

Enlisted female sailors with a rank of  E-6 or below can apply to become  culinary specialists, logistics specialists, sonar technicians, fire control technicians, electronics technicians-navigation, electronics technician communications, information systems technicians, machinist’s mate-weapons, machinist’s mate-auxiliary or submarine yeomen, or independent-duty corpsmen.

Those who are E-7s and E-8s can apply to be information systems technicians, logistics specialists, culinary specialists and yeomen.

A separate announcement is expected to provide guidance for enlisted female sailors with nuclear ratings who want to become submariners.

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