The Navy has extended the April deadline for female enlisted sailors to apply to convert to submarine force ratings. Sailors ranks E-1 through E-8 now have until June 1 to submit their applications, according to a Navy release.
This is the fourth round of applications for female sailor conversion to submarine force non-nuclear ratings. Sailors selected in this round will be part of the initial integration of the Ohio-class submarine Georgia, and will fill positions on the previously integrated subs, Florida and Michigan.
The traditionally all-male submarine force was first opened to female officers in 2011. The Michigan was the first sub to be integrated with male-female crews, followed by the Florida. The Navy has plans to add 550 enlisted women to seven Ohio-class subs by 2020.
Female sailors from all communities are eligible to apply for submarine service as part of this initiative.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested sailors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Sailors can expect to receive a decision within one to two months of submitting their application.
For more on the application announcement, read April 11’s NAVADMIN.