Officer Women in Submarines


The first female officers to serve on submariners were selected in 2010 and arrived onboard USS WYOMING, USS GEORGIA, USS MAINE, and USS OHIO in late 2011

Today a total of 18 crews and 11 boats have been integrated.

  • 4 SSGN submarines (8 crews)
  • 3 SSBN submarines (6 crews)
  • 4 VACL submarines (4 crews)

Female officers are recruited from Officer Commissioning sources and selected via the same path as their male counterparts

  • United States Naval Academy (USNA)
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC)

More than 100 female officers have joined the Submarine Force

  • Annual accession of approximately 20 female officers from NUPOC, ROTC, and USNA
  • Two to three female Unrestricted Line Officers and one female Supply Officer serve on each integrated crew
  • More than 40 females have successfully completed Submarine Warfare Qualifications
Female Officer

 Integrated Crews

Tracking for Success

Deliberate integration plan utilized studies and data from previous female integrations:

  • Female role models and leadership are important during integration
    • An experienced, warfare qualified female officer is assigned to each newly integrated crew
    • Typically the Supply Officer acting as the senior female Department Head
  • Women desire same treatment as males
  • Small/large group dynamics create some friction

Over the last five years mostly positive feedback from women and crews

  • Equal treatment is primary driver behind smooth integrations