Enlisted women are going to serve on Navy submarines for the first time ever

111111-N-BQ308-078 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2011) Capt. Brian Humm, commanding officer of the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) answers quality of life questions from three visiting Sailors. Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 15 is the U.S Navy's only forward deployed submarine squadron, providing maintenance, training, logistics and administration support for the submarines assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Tonacchio/Released)

Female sailors visit USS Ohio
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The U.S. Navy is now recruiting enlisted servicewomen to serve on submarines in 2016.

This move will take the 2011 decision to integrate female officers into the submarine force one step further, assigning female chief petty officers and senior petty officers to co-ed crews.

Navy officers are reportedly optimistic about the transition process — even despite a video-taped shower scandal that took place aboard the USS Wyoming — one of the first subs to be assigned female officers in late 2011.

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