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They Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: Women in the United States Navy Submarine Fleet

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Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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In 2010, the United States Navy allowed the first women to serve on submarines. Since then, officer and enlisted female Sailors have slowly been integrated into the submarine fleet under the watchful eye of Navy leadership. While success and failure have characterized the last six years of their advancement, important lessons can be learned from U.S. Navy history, recent U.S. Army integration techniques, and other nations integration of women into traditional all-male submarine forces. The inclusion of women throughout U.S. Naval history has seen challenge but never failure, and the same will apply as the Silent Service adapts to include women in all submariner roles.

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