Now more than ever, the opportunity for women to serve at sea is available. The Women In Ships Coordinator is responsible for administrative management of the rack allocation for operational units. The Navy has approximately 105 ships and numerous deployable squadrons that embark onboard ships. These ships are home ported anywhere from Japan to Hawaii and coast to coast.
Below is some helpful information that will guide your future operational duty negotiations:
- When you are in your nine-month PRD negotiation window, review the advertised requisitions on CMS-ID. When looking at ships/squadrons you will notice an asterisk next to some of the requisitions. The asterisk signifies that the ship/squadron can accept female assignments. The detailer will make CMS-ID selections based on many factors including: number of applications, qualifications and the rack availability.
- If your detailer contacts you and informs you that there is no rack available, there are a few options. The detailer may offer other ships/squadrons that are available and you can take one of those, or if you have time remaining in your negotiation window, you can wait and review the next requisition cycle. Either way, the WIS Coordinator will work closely with your detailer to find an operational opportunity for you.
- There are some instances when you contact your detailer and he/she will tell you that there are no ships/squadrons available for you. Rack allocation is based on the total number of women currently assigned for pay grades E6 and below or E7 and above. So, there might be a time in your career that the detailer will tell you that they have no ships or there are no open racks on their requisitions. All is not lost. Once again, the detailer and WIS Coordinator will work together and attempt to find a billet for you.
- Another question often asked by women who were sent to shore for pregnancy or LIMDU is, "Can I go back to the same ship I was on?" Normally, the answer will be no. When you are assigned to shore duty prior to your normal PRD, the transfer is considered an unplanned loss and distribution will work to identify a relief for your previous command. If your billet is still available at the time you are screened for operational assignment, your detailer may attempt to send you back, if a rack is available.
- If you need a career-enhancing billet, sea duty is the way to go. This experience is both career enhancing and rewarding. If you have specific questions or concerns, contact with WIS Coordinator or your detailer.
For further information contact the Women in Ships Coordinator at DSN: 882-3148, COMM: 901-874-3148