April 29th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Women to begin serving on Navy subs in 2011

The first women to serve on U.S. Navy submarines are expected to be on the job by fall of 2011, Navy officials said Thursday, ushering in a policy change to what has been an elite service open only to men since the start of the modern Navy's submarine program.

While Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the change last month, the Navy had to wait for Congress to review and approve the new policy over a 30-day period which ended at midnight Thursday morning.

The official announcement came later Thursday from the commander of Submarine Group 10, Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, during a news conference at the Navy submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia.

The first women chosen for the program will be selected by the Navy among upcoming graduates from the Naval Academy, the collegiate Reserves Officer Training Corps - also known as ROTC - and officer candidate schools.

Those women will go through the intensive 15-month submarine officer training program, which includes nuclear power school, submarine training, and the Submarine Officer Basic Course.

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  1. Jerad

    Its about time the U.S. Navy caught up with the 20th century! Women have been serving on other ships throughout the Navy. Why has it taken the Sub-Com so long to come up to para-scope depth and see the light?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    It was going to happen sooner or later.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bo

    There have been, and remain MANY reasons why this is a bad idea. It has nothing to do with capabilities, it has everything to do with cost, logistics, health, operational security, safety, etc... If people would take the time to find out why this hasn't happened in the past, they'd see why it's still such a bad idea now. Nothing has really changed in Submarine life since the Nautilus was launched.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |