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Data Current as of December 2013 



  Active % FTS % SELRES % TOTAL


Officer 9,037 16% 182 9% 2,408 19% 11,627


Enlisted 46,422 17% 2,185 25% 8,609 21% 57,216 18%
Total 55,459 17% 2,367 23% 11,017 20% 68,843 18%


"Distribution of Women" refers to the comparison of women in a particular category/community compared to the total number of servicewomen. Numbers include those women who are in training for a specific community.

There are 206 ships in the Navy that have women assigned.  Of these, 135 ships have female enlisted onboard.  An additional 71 ships have only female officers assigned.  Note: Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships are not included in these statistics.

All new surface ships are built from the keel up to accommodate women.  Other ships receive the required habitability modifications in order to embark enlisted women.  Habitability modifications for enlisted women require removing urinals and replacing them with toilets. There are no other modifications necessary except to ensure male and female berthing meet Navy privacy requirements.

Both enlisted and officer women may be assigned to any type of squadron and embarked on any type of ship, providing availability of adequate berthing.

Women comprise approximately 23% of the Navy's FY14 and FY15 enlisted recruiting goals.   


  • Women have commanded and are currently in command of major commands, combatant ships, aviation squadrons, CEC commands, Special Operations units and numerous shore commands.  There are currently eleven women in command of combatants and nine in aviation command.
  • There are currently 33 female flag officers. 
  • Female officers are not constrained by the modification requirements and may be permanently assigned to any ship.  There are no restrictions on women in aviation. Accessions and pipeline selection are gender neutral.


  • Currently two women serve as Fleet Master Chiefs (50%), two women serve as Force Master Chiefs (11%), 48 women serve as Command Master Chiefs (10%), and three women serve as Command Senior Chiefs (6%) in squadrons, onboard ships, and on shore duty.
  • Four female Command Master Chiefs are currently serving in Major command at-sea positions; 12 female Master Chiefs are currently serving in normative level assignment tours, which make up 10% of MCPON's Leadership Mess.    


POC:  OSC Jessica Myers ( / 703-604-5482)



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