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Females Allowed to Apply to Be Submariners Continuously

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 July 2019 05:25 PM EDT

Women enlisted in the U.S. Navy are now allowed to apply to become submariners whenever they want to, Stars & Stripes reports.

Females were only previously allowed to apply infrequently based on need.

"Applications will be processed as they are received, and there is no specified due date," said an administrative message signed by Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr., chief of naval personnel according to the news outlet.

Sailors, additionally, are encouraged to submit their applications "as soon as possible."

Women were first allowed to become submariners in 2015, five years after they were allowed to enlist as female sailors.

According to The Associated Press, one-fifth of submarine crews are integrated and retention rates among women submariners are on par with those of men. It will take until about 2026 before a woman could be in command of a US Navy submarine.

In 2017, the Navy announced it was redesigning submarines specifically to accommodate female crews.

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Women are no longer going to be restricted on when they can apply to become submariners, according to Stars & Stripes.
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 05:25 PM
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