Enlisted Women in Submarines: Becoming a Submariner

Available Rates for Conversion (E6 and Below):

  • Fire Control Technician (FT)
  • Machinist’s Mate (MM) (Auxiliary or Weapons)
  • Electronics Technician (ET) (Navigation or Communication)
  • Culinary Specialist (CS)
  • Logistics Specialist (LS)
  • Yeoman (YN)
  • Information Systems Technician (ITS)
  • Independent Duty Corpsman (HM(IDC)–E7 only)
  • Sonar Technician Submarines (STS)
  • Missile Technician (MT)

CPO Conversion Ratings:


These five ratings are considered direct conversion ratings, meaning the skill set required to be successful is highly compatible across communities. This will allow female Chief Petty Officers to be successful as leaders in their divisions from the first day onboard. The Submarine Force will only be accepting conversions from these five ratings for E7 and E8 conversions.

Nuclear Rates:

Based on an evaluation of community health, Sailors in surface nuclear ratings already in the fleet are not eligible for conversion. The Submarine Force will be accepting nuclear trained female Sailors out of the nuclear training pipeline or Junior Staff Instructors. Nuclear trained rates will be selected via a separate application process a few months prior to each crew integration. Contact your nuclear enlisted community manager (ECM) for more information.



Submarine Missions

SSN - Fast Attack Submarine

  • Multi-Faceted
  • Multi-Mission Capable
  • Approximately 54 Crews

SSBN - Ballistic Missile Submarine TRIDENT

  • 100% of Survivable Warheads
  • 54% of National Strategic Capability
  • 34% of Strategic Budget
  • 28 Crews

SSGN - Guided Missile Submarine

  • 154 Tomahawk Missiles
  • 66 SOF

Submarine Core Competencies


  • Sail undetected submerged in all of the world’s oceans


  • Nuclear propulsion allows unlimited, unsupported worldwide operations


  • Highly mobile, multi-mission warships

Precision Firepower

  • Strategic Ballistic Missiles
  • Land Attack Cruise Missiles
  • Heavyweight Anti-Surface and Anti-Submarine Torpedoes
  • Offensive Mines
  • Special Warfare Forces Insertion Ashore