Report: Mullen Backs Women Serving on Submarines - Political News - FOXNews.com
Female sailors can broaden their role in the Navy by serving on submarines, an activity currently prohibited by the Armed Service, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has advised the Senate Armed Services Committee.
According to Defensetech.org, a site run by Military.com, a group boasting a membership of 10 million veterans and active duty forces, Adm. Michael Mullen told senators in a recent survey that he's long been an advocate for improving diversity in the Armed Forces.
"I believe we should continue to broaden opportunities for women. One policy I would like to see changed is the one barring their service aboard submarines," he added.
The policy change would mark a huge shift for the Navy, whose submarines have been devoid of female sailors even though women began flying fighter jets and performing other seagoing combat roles 15 years ago.
Defensetech.org reported that Mullen, a former chief of naval operations and a surface warfare officer, wrote his endorsement of women serving in subs in his response to questions submitted by senators preparing for Mullen's confirmation hearing for a second term as chairman of the JCS. That hearing was held Sept. 15.
Opponents of females serving on submarines say space is too restrictive to accommodate privacy needs for women, in particular bathrooms. Another study -- conducted in 1994 -- noted that fraternization in close quarters, among other issues, could also complicate operations at sea
First off let me state this for the record I have no issue with Women Assign to any Combat Ships or in Combat in General. With that said this is a very bad idea, anyone who has spent any time in a SSNB knows that space is very limited. My question for Adm. Mullen is where is the money going to come from to retro-fit all SSNB also what space and operational area do you plan on eleminating for a Female Bathroom and Sleeping area. Which both are found on all other US Naval Vessels. We aren't talking about a CVN which can easly have areas mod for Female Sailors we are talking about a very large tube. Also how are you going to get araound the whole Fraternizing issue, don't forget Adm. that most SSNB go out on very long underwater tours ranging from 4 weeks to up to 6 months underwater with very little shore time.