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First women chosen for sub duty excited

By Ed O'Keefe

They never expected to get the chance, but the Midshipmen chosen to be the Navy's first female submariners are ready to go -- after some more training.

(Video by the Associated Press)

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Throw me on a boat with 100 chicks and I'd be excited too!

Posted by: member8 | May 7, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Ditto to the first comment. This is like buying a ticket on the Love Boat and finding out that through some trick of fate you are the only guy on the boat that is filled with a convention of exotic dancers.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou48 | May 7, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Sub duty is hard duty, even for young men. With so few personnel, everyone does everything and shifts are 12 on 12 off, 7 days a week. Let's see just how thrilled they are when it's over. While I agree that women should have the same opportunities as men, I don't think this is the right approach. On a fast attack, there are only 2 heads and berthing is so tight that sailors have to hot swap racks. These women have the advantage of being officers. That might help slightly on a boomer, but will be insignificant on a fast attack.

To be done properly, you need all female crews -- which would probably take about 5 years to implement, in order to get the crews trained.

I am guessing they aren't going out on patrol, and I will be interested to hear how this turns out!

Posted by: vmi98mom | May 9, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

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