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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Robin Braun, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

Women have served in the United States Navy for over a century. Today, there are over 52,391 women serving on active duty in an array of traditional (administrative, medical, etc.) and non-traditional (aviation, combat systems, special ops, etc.) ratings or careers. Like their male counterparts, female Sailors are expected to adhere to regulations specific to appearance, grooming, and health and physical fitness; however some differences may exist in relation to pregnancy and parenting provisions created to help support military families.

History[]

Pre–World War I[]

Women worked as nurses for the Navy as early as the American Civil War. The United States Navy Nurse Corps was officially established in 1908. See United States Navy Nurse Corps for the evolution of the Navy Nurse Corps.

World War I[]

The increased size of the United States Navy in support of World War I increased the need for clerical and administrative support. Since Naval Reserve Act of 1916 authorizing the enlistment of yeomen did not specify that they had to be male, the Navy was able to induct its first female sailors into the U.S. Naval Reserve. Women served around the continental U.S. and in France, Guam and Hawaii, mostly as yeomen, but also as radio operators, electricians, draftsmen, pharmacists, photographers, telegraphers, fingerprint experts, chemists, torpedo assemblers and camouflage designers. The women were all released from active duty after the end of the war. See Yeoman (F).

World War II[]

World War II again brought the need for additional personnel. This time the Navy organized to recruit women into a separate women's auxiliary, labeled Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES). WAVES served in varied positions around the continental U.S. and in Hawaii. See WAVES.

WAVES Recruiting poster
WAVES Recruiting poster
WAVES Recruiting poster
WAVES Recruiting posters

Korean War era[]

Women in the Naval Reserve were recalled along with their male counterparts for duty during the Korean War.

Vietnam War era[]

Nurses served aboard the hospital ship USS SANCTUARY. Nine non-nurse Navy women served in country, however no enlisted Navy women were authorized.

Women in the Navy since 1972[]

Major changes occurred for Navy women in the 1970s. CAPT Alene B. Duerk, NC, Director of the Navy Nurse Corps since 1968, was spot promoted to Flag rank in 1972, the first female naval officer to be appointed to flag rank. She was followed in 1976 by RADM Fran McKee as the first female unrestricted line officer appointed to flag rank. During this time, women began to enter the surface warfare and aviation fields, gained access to officer accession programs previously open only to men, and women started to screen for command opportunities ashore.[1]

Officer Accession Programs[]

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) was opened to women in 1972 and the first woman was commissioned from a ROTC program in 1973. The Women Officer School (WOS), Newport, RI, was disestablished in 1973, and Officer Candidate School (OCS) training was integrated to support men and women. The United States Naval Academy, along with the other military academies, first accepted women in 1976 and commissioned its first female graduates in 1980. Women also began attending Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in 1976.[1]

Surface warfare[]

In 1972 the pilot program for assignment of officers and enlisted women to ships was initiated onboard USS SANCTUARY (AH-17). In 1978 Congress approved a change to Title 10 USC Section 6015 to permit the Navy to assign women to fill sea duty billets on support and noncombatant ships. The Surface Warfare community opened to women. In 1979, the first woman obtained her Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualification.[1]

Aviation[]

In 1973 the Secretary of the Navy announced the authorization of naval aviation training for women. LTJG Judith Neuffer was the first woman selected for flight training. In 1974, the Navy became the first service to graduate a woman pilot, LT Barbara Allen Rainey, followed closely by classmates Judith Neuffer, Ana Marie Fuqua, Rosemary Bryant Mariner, Jane Skiles O'Dea and Joellen Drag.[1]

In 1979 the Naval Flight Officer (NFO) program opened to women. In 1979, LT Lynn Spruill became the first woman Naval aviator to obtain carrier qualification.

Submarines[]

On 29 April 2010, the Department of the Navy announced authorization of a policy change allowing women to begin serving onboard Navy submarines.[2][3] The new policy and plan was set to begin with the integration of female Officers. A group of up to 24 female Officers (three Officers on each of eight different crews)[3] were scheduled to enter the standard nuclear submarine training pipeline in July 2010[4] – and expected to report to submarine duty by late 2011 or early 2012.[3] Integration of Enlisted females into submarine crews is expected to begin soon thereafter.[4][5]

Initial candidates for female Submarine Officer positions were highly qualified selects from accession sources that include the Naval Academy, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, STA-21 program and Officer Candidate School, with transfers possible for those from other Unrestricted Line Officer communities.[4] A group of up to eight female Supply Corps Officers was also expected to complete requisite training and begin submarine service in the same time frame.[3][4]

Initial assignments for female submariners were on the blue and gold crews of selected guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) and ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). Two submarines of each type served as the inaugural vessels.[3][4]

The first group of U.S. female submariners completed nuclear power school and officially reported on board two ballistic and two guided missile submarines in November 2011.[6]

In 2012, it was announced that 2013 will be the first year women will serve on U.S. attack submarines.[7] On June 22, 2012, a Sailor assigned to USS Ohio (SSGN 726) became the first female supply officer to qualify in U.S. submarines. Lt. Britta Christianson of Ohio's Gold Crew received her Submarine Supply Corps "dolphins" from the Gold Crew Commanding Officer Capt. Rodney Mills during a brief ceremony at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF).[8]

On December 5, 2012, three Sailors assigned to USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in U.S. submarines.[9] Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan [ROTC Cornell University], a native of Scituate MA, both of Maine's Blue Crew received their submarine "dolphins" during separate ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.[9]

In 2013, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said that the first women to join Virginia-class attack subs had been chosen: They were newly commissioned female officers scheduled to report to their subs in fiscal year 2015.[10]

Milestones[]

Year Milestone
1908 Congress established the Navy Nurse Corps.
1917 Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels announced that the Navy would enlist females.
1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Public Law 689 creating the Navy’s women reserve program on 30 July 1942.
1942 Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR, Director of the WAVES, became the Navy’s first female Line Officer.
1944 Lieutenant Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills were commissioned as the first African-American "WAVES" officers.
1944 Sue Dauser, the Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, became the first female Captain in the United States Navy.
1959 Yeoman Anna Der-Vartanian was the first female promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer, and the first female in the United States Armed Services promoted to E-9.[11]
1961 Lieutenant Charlene I. Suneson became the first line WAVES officer to be ordered to shipboard duty.
1972 The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress (but failed as an amendment to the Constitution) and Hospitalman Elena J. Peckenpaugh was assigned to the first ship with a mixed male-female crew.
1972 Alene Duerk, Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, became the first female appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral in the Navy making her position a flag billet in 1972. Fran McKee was the first female line officer to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the Navy.
1974 Lieutenant Junior Grade Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey became the first Navy woman to earn her wings on 22 February 1974.
1974 First women commissioned through NROTC.
1976 First women sworn in as midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.
1978 Navy Nurse Joan C. Bynum became the first black woman promoted to the rank of Captain.
1978 Women authorized to serve on tenders, oilers, and other types of auxiliary ships.
1980 The first class of women graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. Midshipman Janie Mines was the first African-American woman to graduate.
1990 Rear Admiral Marsha J. Evans, USN, was the first woman to command a Naval Station.
1990 Lieutenant Commander Darlene Iskra, USN, was the first Navy woman to command a ship, USS Opportune (ARS-41).[12]
1996 Patricia Tracey became the first female three star officer (Vice Admiral) in the Navy.
1998 CDR Maureen A. Farren became the first woman to command a surface combatant ship.
1998 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.
2002 First female African American combat pilot in the military.
2005 Wendi Carpenter became the first female pilot in the Navy promoted to Flag rank.
2006 CDR Lenora C.Langlais became the first African American Navy Nurse Corps Officer to receive a Purple Heart in combat, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2010 Nora W. Tyson became the first female to command a carrier strike group.[13]
2011 The first group of U.S. female submariners completed nuclear power school and officially reported on board two ballistic and two guided missile submarines in November 2011.[6]
2012 Commander Monika Washington Stoker, United States Navy, became the first African American woman to take command of a U.S. Navy missile destroyer.
2012 Five "Tigertails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Five (VAW-125), embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), flew an historic flight on 25 January when they participated in the U.S. Navy's first all-female E-2C Hawkeye combat mission.
2012 In March, the Navy celebrated a nuclear training program milestone. The program’s 50,000th graduate was a female; MM3 Jenna Swindt, who completed training at the 3,900-acre Kesselring site’s Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in West Milton, NY.
2012 On June 22, 2012, a Sailor assigned to USS Ohio (SSGN 726) became the first female supply officer to qualify in U.S. submarines. Lt. Britta Christianson of Ohio's Gold Crew received her Submarine Supply Corps "dolphins" from the Gold Crew Commanding Officer Capt. Rodney Mills during a brief ceremony at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF).[8]
2012 On December 5, 2012, three Sailors assigned to USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in U.S. submarines.[9] Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan [ROTC Cornell University], a native of Scituate MA, both of Maine's Blue Crew received their submarine "dolphins" during separate ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.[9]

Careers[]

In the Navy, women are currently eligible to serve in all ratings, except as a SEAL or Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC). In 2013 Leon Panetta removed the U.S. military's ban on women serving in combat, overturning a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the U.S. military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women. The services have until May 2013 to draw up a plan for opening all units to women and until the end of 2015 to actually implement it.[14][15]

The former policy set by Congress and the Secretary of Defense, effective 1 October 1994, excluded women from direct ground combat billets in the military:

"Service members who are eligible to be assigned to all positions for which they are qualified, except that women shall be excluded from assignment to units below the brigade level whose primary mission is to engage in direct combat on the ground as defined below. "Direct ground combat is engaging an enemy on the ground with individual or crew-served weapons, while being exposed to hostile fire and to a high probability of direct physical contact with the hostile force's personnel. Direct combat take place well forward on the battlefield while locating and closing with the enemy to defeat them by fire, maneuver, or shock effect." However, qualified and motivated women are encouraged to investigate the diver and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) fields."
Aviation Ordnanceman loading a missile
Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice
Boatswain's Mate
Sonar Technician
Careers in the Navy

Dress[]

  • A certified maternity uniform is mandatory for all pregnant servicewomen in the Navy when the regular uniform no longer fits.
  • Ball caps may be worn on board ship and pier in the immediate vicinity of ship, and ashore in the immediate workspaces. The wearing of ball caps with Service uniforms is restricted to the immediate workspaces for shore Sailors.

Grooming Standards[]

  • Hair: The Navy deems that hairstyles shall not be “outrageously multicolored” or “faddish,” to include shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the hair. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Haircuts and styles shall present a balanced appearance. Lopsided and extremely asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Ponytails, pigtails, widely spaced individual hanging locks, and braids that protrude from the head, are not authorized. Multiple braids are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the guidelines listed herein. When a hairstyle of multiple braids is worn, braids shall be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), and tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair. Short hair may be braided in symmetrical fore and aft rows (cornrowing) that minimize scalp exposure. Cornrow ends shall not protrude from the head, and shall be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands that match the color of the hair. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall also be judged by its appearance when headgear is worn. All headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. Hair shall not show from under the front of the brim of the combination hat, garrison, or command ball caps. Hairstyles which do not allow headgear to be worn in this manner, or which interfere with the proper wear of protective masks or equipment are prohibited. When in uniform, the hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar.
  • Cosmetics: The Navy prefers that cosmetics be applied in good taste so that colors blend with natural skin tone and enhance natural features. Exaggerated or faddish cosmetic styles are not authorized and shall not be worn. Care should be taken to avoid artificial appearance. Lipstick colors shall be conservative and complement the individual. Long false eyelashes shall not be worn when in uniform.
  • Tattoos: Navy policy stipulates that any tattoo/body art/brand that is obscene, sexually explicit or advocates discrimination of any sort is prohibited. No tattoos/body art/brands on the head, face, neck, or scalp and individual tattoos/body art/brands exposed by wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt shall be no larger in size than the wearer’s hand with fingers extended and joined with the thumb touching the base of the index finger.
  • Jewelry: Conservative jewelry is authorized for all personnel and shall be in good taste while in uniform. Eccentricities or faddishness are not permitted. Jewelry shall not present a safety or FOD (Foreign object damage) hazard. Jewelry shall be worn within the following guidelines
  • Earrings: Earrings for women are an optional item, and are not required for wear. When worn the earring shall be a 4-6mm ball (gold for officers/CPOs, and silver for E-6 and below), plain with brushed, matte finish, screw-on or post type. Pearl earrings may be worn with Dinner Dress or Formal uniforms.
  • Rings: While in uniform, only one (1) ring per hand is authorized, plus a wedding/engagement ring set. Rings are not authorized for wear on thumbs.
  • Necklaces: While in uniform, only one (1) necklace may be worn and it shall not be visible.
  • Bracelets: While in uniform, only one (1) of each may be worn. Ankle bracelets are not authorized while in uniform.
  • Fingernails: Fingernails for women shall not exceed 1/4 inch beyond the end of the finger. They shall be kept clean. Nail polish may be worn, but colors shall be conservative and complement the skin tone.

Health & Fitness Standards[]

The Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) is conducted twice a year for all sailors, which includes:

  • Body Composition Assessment (BCA). Body composition is assessed by:
  • An initial weight and height screening
  • A Navy-approved circumference technique to estimate body fat percentage

Physical Readiness Test (PRT). PRT is a series of physical activities designed to evaluate factors that enable members to perform physically. Factors evaluated are:

  • Muscular strength and endurance via:
  1. Curl-ups
  2. Push-ups
  • Aerobic capacity via:
  1. 1.5-mile run/walk, or
  2. 500-yard or 450-meter swim

PT Fitness Standards (NSW/NSO programs only):

  • The PST consists of five (5) events:
  1. 500-yard swim (using sidestroke or breaststroke)
  2. Push-Ups (as many as possible in 2-minutes)
  3. Sit-Ups (as many as possible in 2-minutes)
  4. Pull-Ups (as many as possible, no time limit)
  5. 1 ½ mile run

Navy Family Life[]

Marriage[]

Spouse co-location assignments are fully supported by the Chief of Naval Personnel and when requested become the highest priority and main duty preference consistent with the needs of the Navy. While not always possible, every effort, with in reason, will be made for military couples and family members to move & serve together. Co-op assignments are not guaranteed.

The service member requesting transfer to join with his/her spouse or family member must have a minimum of one year on board his/her present command at the time of transfer.

Military couples may not be permanently assigned to the same ship or the same shipboard deployable command. For shore assignments, the couple will not assign to the same reporting senior without the gaining CO’s approval. Unusual circumstances may require a couple being temporarily assigned to the same afloat activity, which is allowable at the CO’s discretion[16]

Pregnancy & Parenting Resources[]

  • Pregnant servicewomen may remain onboard up to their 20th week of pregnancy.
  • An extension of up to one year may be granted in order to receive maternity benefits, provided the member’s performance has been satisfactory and first term Sailors have PTS approval.
  • No later than 6 months after being returned to full duty by a HCP, the servicewoman is required to take the PFA and conform to acceptable height/weight standards.
  • No servicewomen may be assigned overseas or travel overseas after the completion of the 28th week of pregnancy.
  • The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) is a team of professionals providing supportive and caring services to military families with new babies. Navy families and other military families expecting a child or with children up to three years of age are assessed to determine if they need help managing the demands of a new baby. In the program, new Moms and Dads can be referred to community new baby programs and are eligible to participate in a voluntary home visitation program, free of charge. The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program was developed to assist military families in ways that friends and family would do if you were back home. This program offers expectant parents and parents of newborn and young children the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and to improve existing parenting skills, in the privacy of their own home.[17]

Controversy[]

Pregnancy[]

In her 1995 book, Jean Zimmerman reported that there was a perception in the Navy that women sailors use pregnancy to escape or avoid deployed ship duty. In an example cited by Zimmerman, in 1993 as the USS Cape Cod prepared to depart on a deployment cruise, 25 female sailors, out of a crew of 1,500, reported being pregnant shortly before the scheduled departure and were reassigned to shore duty. Although Zimmerman felt that the number of pregnancies was small and should not be regarded as significant, the senior enlisted person on the ship, Command Master Chief Alice Smith rejoined, "Just about every division has been decimated by the number of pregnancies. Now tell me that's not going to hurt a ship."[18] A 1997 study by the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center found that female sailors assigned to ships experienced higher pregnancy and abortion rates than shore-based female sailors.[19]

A Navy policy change in June 2007 extended post-partum tours of duty ashore from 4 months to 12 months. A Virginia Pilot article in October 2007 reported on the Navy's policy decision as a means to improve long term retention of trained personnel. The chief of women's policy for the chief of personnel noted that far more men than women fail to deploy or are sent back from deployment, "because of sports injuries, discipline issues or testing positive for drugs."[20]

In 2009, Andrew Tilghman reported in the Military Times on a Naval Inspector General (IG) report noting that, in the wake of this change, Navy shore commands based in Norfolk reported that 34% of their assigned members were pregnant sailors reassigned from ship duty. Since shore-based assignments for pregnant sailors were extended in 2007, the number of Navy women leaving deploying units to have children rose from 1,770 in June 2006 to 3,125 as of 1 August 2009. Tilghman further reports that Navy Personnel Command is reviewing the report.[21]

Women on Submarines[]

In July 1994, policy changes were made expanding the number of assignments available to women in the Navy. At this time, repeal of the combat exclusion law gave women the opportunity to serve on surface combatant ships but still excluded assignments for women to serve onboard submarines.[2][3] Previously there had been concern about bringing women onto submarines because living quarters offered little privacy and weren’t considered suitable for mixed gender habitation.[22]

In October 2009, the Secretary of the Navy announced that he and the Chief of Naval Operations were moving aggressively to change the policy.[5] Reasons included the fact that larger SSGN and SSBN submarines now in the Fleet had more available space and could accommodate female Officers with little or no modification. Also, the availability of qualified female candidates with the desire to serve in this capacity was cited. It was noted that women now represented 15% of the Active Duty Navy[5] and that women today earn about half of all science and engineering bachelor’s degrees. A policy change was deemed to serve the aspirations of women, the mission of the Navy and the strength of its submarine force.[2][5]

In February 2010, the Secretary of Defense approved the proposed policy and signed letters formally notifying Congress of the intended change. After receiving no objection, the Department of the Navy officially announced on 29 April 2010, that it had authorized women to serve onboard submarines moving forward.[3]

The first group of U.S. female submariners completed nuclear power school and officially reported on board two ballistic and two guided missile submarines in November 2011.[6]

Admirals[]

The first promotion of a woman in the United States Navy to flag rank occurred in 1972.

Name Commission Position Community RDML RADM VADM Retired Notes
1 TraceyPatricia A. Tracey 1970 Director, Navy Staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations URL ??   ??   19961996   20042004   First woman to earn third star in the US Navy.
2 RondeauAnn E. Rondeau 1974 (OCS) President, National Defense University Fleet Support 19991999   20022002   20052005   20122012   Retired.
3 BrownNNancy Elizabeth Brown 1974 (OCS) Director for C4 Systems (J6) URL 20002000   20032003   20062006   20092009   Retired.
4 PottengerCarol M. Pottenger 1977 (ROTC) Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability and Development, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Surface Warfare 20032003   20072007   20102010     Currently on active duty.
5 McKeeFran McKee 1950 Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Human Resource Management URL 19761976   19781978     19811981   First woman line officer promoted to flag rank in the United States Navy. Second woman promoted to flag rank in the United States Navy
6 HazardRoberta L. Hazard 1960 Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, Personnel Readiness and Community Support 1989–1992 URL 1984 1984   1988 1989     1992 1992   First woman to command a Navy training command (NTC San Diego 1982).
7 EvansMarsha J. Evans 1967 Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School 1995–1998 Fleet Support 1992 1992   1996 1996     1998 1998   Retired.
8 EngelJoan Marie Engel 1969 18th Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1994–1998 SHCE (Nurse Corps) 19941994   19971997     20002000   18th Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
9 McGannBarbara E. McGann 1970 (OCS) Provost, Naval War College 2000–2002 URL 19941994   19981998     20022002   Notes.
10 FromanVeronica Froman 1970 Director, Ashore Readiness, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. 2000–2001 Fleet Support 1995 1995   1999 1999     2001 2001   First woman commander of Navy Region Southwest (aka "Navy Mayor of San Diego), 1997–2000.
11 PotterBonnie Burnham Potter 1975 (OIS) Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Atlantic Fleet 1999– Medical Corps 19971997   20002000     20032003   First female physician to become a flag officer in the military.
12 PaigeKathleen Paige 1971 Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 2003–2005 Engineering Duty Officer 1996 1996   2001 2001     2005 2005   Retired.
13 HarmeyerKaren A. Harmeyer 1975 Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations, N093R, Washington, D.C. SHCE (Nurse Corps) 19971997   20012001     20022002   Retired. 1st female two-star in the Reserves.
14 MartinKathleen L. Martin 1973 (OIS) Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy/ Vice Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 2002–2005 SHCE (Nurse Corps) 1998 1998   20012001     2005 2005   19th Director of the Navy Nurse Corps from August 1998 to August 2001. First Nurse Corps officer to be assigned to the position of Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy.
15 BrownA Annette E. Brown 1974 (OCS) Commander, Navy Region Southeast (2002) Fleet Support 19991999   200220012    2005 2005   Retired.
16 BirdLinda J. Bird 1974 (OCS) Director, Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations Division, N41 2003–2005 Supply Corps 1999 1999   20032002     2005 2005   Retired.
17 MorrisElizabeth M. Morris 1973 (OIS) Deputy Chief for Reserve Affairs at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 2005–2006? SHCE (Nurse Corps) 20002001   20042004     2006 2006   Retired.
18 LescavageNancy J. Lescavage 1972 (OIS) Senior Health Care Executive Regional Director, TRICARE Regional Office – West SHCE (Nurse Corps) 20032003   20042004     2009?   Retired.20th Director of the Navy Nurse Corps.
19 CrispDonna L. Crisp 1974 (OCS) Commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command URL 20012001   20052005       Currently on active duty.
20 GilbrideAnn D. Gilbride 1978 (OCS) Director, National Maritime Intelligence Center Reserve 20032003   20062006     ?  ?   Retired.
21 RedpathSharon H. Redpath 1976 (ROTC) Vice Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Reserve 20032003   20062006     20092009   Retired
22 HightElizabeth A. Hight 1977 (OCS) Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency URL 20032003   20062006      ? ?   Retired. First woman to Command the JTF-GNO, after serving as its Deputy Commander. First woman Vice Director at DISA.
23 Bruzek-KohlerChristine Bruzek-Kohler 1974 Commander, Navy Medicine West, Naval Medical Center San Diego Nurse Corps 20042004   20092009     2010 2010   21st Director of the Navy Nurse Corps.
24 HunterChristine S. Hunter 1980 deputy director, TRICARE Management Activity Medical 20042004   20092009       Currently on active duty.
25 CarpenterWendi B. Carpenter 1977 (AOCS) Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, Norfolk Reserve 20042004   2008 2008     2011 2011   Retired. First female naval aviator promoted to Flag rank.
26 FlahertyKaren Flaherty 1973 (OIS) Deputy Surgeon General of Navy Medicine Nurse Corps 20032003   2008 2008     2011   22nd Director of the Navy Nurse Corps.
27 FlandersMoira N. Flanders 1978 (OCS) Director, Inter-American Defense College URL 20052005   2007 2007       Currently on active duty.
28 DeRenziNanette M. "Nan" DeRenzi 1984 (ROTC) Judge Advocate General of the Navy JAG   2009 2009   2012 2012     Currently on active duty.
29 DussaultKathleen M. Dussault 1979 (OCS) Director, Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations Division (OPNAV N41) Supply Corps 20062006   20092009       Currently on active duty.
30 HambyJanice M. Hamby 1980 (ROTC) Vice Director for C4 Systems (J6) URL, then Information Professional[23] 20062006   20092009     20122012   Retired.
31 HowardMichelle J. Howard 1982 (USNA) Chief of Staff to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff Surface Warfare 20062006   20102010   2012 nom 2012     Currently on active duty.
32 NiemyerElizabeth S. Niemyer 1981 Director, Navy Nurse Corps Nurse Corps 20082008   2010 2010       23rd Director of the Navy Nurse Corps
33 WolfePatricia E. Wolfe 1981 (ROTC) Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Reserve, Supply Corps 20072007   2010 2010       Currently serving.
34 TysonNora W. Tyson 1979 (OCS) Vice Director, Joint Staff Naval Flight Officer 20072007   20112011       First woman to command a carrier strike group.
35 BraunRobin Braun 1980 Chief of Navy Reserve/Commander, Navy Reserve Force Reserve, Naval Aviator 20072007   20112011   20122012     Currently serving. 1st female commander of the Navy Reserve.
36 CovellCynthia A. Covell 1980 (OCS) Director, Total Force Requirements Division (OPNAV N12) Navy Human Resources Officer 20082008   20112011       Currently on active duty.
37 KleinMargaret D. Klein 1981 (USNA) Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command Naval Flight Officer 20082008   2011 2011       82nd Commandant of Midshipmen, USNA – first woman.
38 DanielsSandy L. Daniels 1980 (USNA) Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space Reserve 20072007   2012 2012       Currently serving.
39 GregoryKatherine L. Gregory 1982 (USNA) Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific CEC 20102010  2012 2012       First female CEC admiral.
40 TrainElizabeth L.Train 1983 (OCS) Director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command Intelligence 20092009   2012 2012       Currently on active duty.
41 DuerkAlene B. Duerk 1943 Director Navy Nurse Corps 1970–1975 Nurse Corps 19721972       1975 1975   First woman promoted to flag rank in the United States Navy. Director Navy Nurse Corps 1970–1975.
42 ConderMaxine Conder 1951 Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1975–1979 Nurse Corps 1975 1975       1979 1979?   Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
43 Shea-BuckleyFrances Shea-Buckley 1951 14th Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1979–1983 Nurse Corps 1979 1979       1983 1983   14th Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
44 HartingtonPauline Hartington 1953 Commander, Naval Training Center Orlando URL 1981 1981       1983 1983?   Second woman line officer selected for flag rank.
45 HopperGrace Hopper 1944 Head, Training and Technology Directorate/Special Advisor to the Commander, Naval Data Automation Command URL? 1983 1983       1986 1986   Co-inventor of COBOL. Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) named for RADM Hopper.
46 NielubowiczMary Joan Nielubowicz 1951 15th Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1983–1987 Nurse Corps 1983 1983       1987 1987   15th Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
47 HallMary F. Hall 1959 16th Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1987–1991 Nurse Corps 1987 1987       1991 1991   Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
48 WilmotLouise C. Wilmot 1964 Commander, Naval Base Philadelphia −1994 URL 1988 1988       1994 1994   First woman to command a naval base.
49 StrattonMariann Stratton 1966 17th Director, Navy Nurse Corps 1991–1994 Nurse Corps 19911991       19941994   17th Director, Navy Nurse Corps.
50 IbachMaryanne T. Gallagher Ibach 1964 Reserve Nurse Corps 1990 1990       1995 1995   First Reserve flag officer for Navy Nurse Corps.
51 LaughtonKatharine L. Laughton 1963 Commander, Naval Space Command, Dahlgren, VA 1995–1997 Fleet Support 1993 1993       1997 1997   Retired.
52 FacklerNancy A. Fackler 1962 Deputy Director of the Navy Nurse Corps for Reserve Affairs Reserve Nurse Corps 1994 1994       1997 1997   retired.
53 BarnesJacqueline O. (Allison) Barnes ???? Director, On-Site Inspection Directorate 1998–2000 Fleet Support 1996 1996       2000 2000   Retired.
54 FishburneLillian E. Fishburne 1973 (OCS) Director, Information Transfer Division for the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Directorate ?-2001 URL 1998 1998       2001 2001   First African-American woman to achieve flag rank.
55 DrewMarianne B. Drew 1967 Deputy Commander, Navy Personnel Command Reserve, Fleet Support 1998 1998       2002 2002   Retired.
56 MarianoEleanor Mariano 1977 White House Physician Medical Corps 20002000       2001 2001   First Filipino-American flag officer.
57 LevitreRosanne M. Levitre 1973 (OCS) Director of Intelligence, J2, U.S. Joint Forces Command Intelligence 20002000       2005 2005   First Director, Navy Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), FORCEnet. First female Intel officer selected for flag rank in the United States Navy.
58 TurnerCarol I. Turner 1977 Senior Health Care Executive, U.S. Navy Commander, Navy Medicine Support Command Dental Corps 20032003       2008?  retired. First female Chief of the Naval Dental Corps, 2003–2007.
59 LoewerDeborah Loewer 1976 (OCS) Commander, Mine Warfare Command 2005–2006 Surface Warfare 20032003       20072007   First warfare-qualified woman selected for flag rank in the United States Navy.
60 DulleaCynthia A. Dullea 1980 (OIS) Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine National Capital Area Reserve 20072007         Currently serving.
61 YoungMaude Elizabeth Young 1984 (USNA) Director, Systems Engineering National Reconnaissance Office; Commander, SPAWAR Space Field Activity (SSFA), PEO for Space Systems, USN URL 20082008         Currently on active duty.
62 Eleanor V. Valentin 1982 Director, Medical Service Corps, Commander, Navy Medicine Support Command, Jacksonville, Florida MSC 20092009         16th director of the Medical Service Corps (first female director)
63 GrafRobin L. Graf 1981 (OCS) Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Command URL 20092009         Currently on active duty.
64 WebberDiane E. H. Webber ? Director for Command Control Systems, J6, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command URL 20092009         Currently on active duty.
65 PhillipsAnn Claire Phillips 1983 (ROTC) Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two Surface Warfare 20102010         Currently on active duty.
66 HerbertGretchen S. Herbert[24] 1984 (ROTC) Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) URL 20092010         Currently on active duty.
67 BrownPaula C. Brown 1982 Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering, U.S. Naval Forces Korea CEC 20102010         Currently on active duty.
68 RykowskiMargaret A. Rykowski 1987 Fleet Surgeon, Third Fleet NNC 20102010         Currently on active duty.
69 KibbenMargaret G. Kibben 1986 (OIS) Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps, deputy chief of Navy Chaplains Chaplain Corps 20102010        18th Chaplain of the USMC, first female chaplain at USNA.
70 WagnerElaine C. Wagner 1984 Senior Health Care Executive Dental Corps 20102010         Currently on active duty. Chief of the Naval Dental Corps, 2010 – present.
71 TigheJan Tighe 1984 (USNA) Deputy Director of Operations for U.S. Cyber Command IW/Crypto 20102010        first female IW flag officer.
72 HerbMartha E. G. Herb 1979 (OCS) Director, Personnel Readiness and Community Support Reserve 20102010        currently serving.
73 Coetzee Althea H. Coetzee 1985 (USNA) executive director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) Supply Corps 20112011         Currently on active duty.
74 Huegel Valerie K. Huegel 1980 (OCS) Deputy Commander, Navy Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support Supply Corps 20112011         Currently on active duty.
75 AdamsSandra E. Adams 1981 (OCS) Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Region Midwest ?? 20112011         Currently on active duty.
76 BonoRaquel C. Bono 1979 Command Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command Medical Corps 20112011         Currently on active duty.
77 McCormick-BoyleRebecca J. McCormick-Boyle 1981 Chief of Staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Nurse Corps 20112011         Currently on active duty.
78 AndrewsAnnie B. Andrews ?? (ROTC) Director, Total Force Requirements Division (OPNAV N12) Navy Human Resources Officer 20112011         Currently on active duty.
79 JaynesCindy L. Jaynes 1983 (OCS) Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command AMDO 20112011         Currently on active duty.

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References[]

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Further reading[]

  • Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6. 
  • Ebbert, Jean and Marie-Beth Hall (1999). Crossed Currents: Navy Women in a Century of Change [Third Edition, Revised and Updated]. Washington, D.C.: Brassey's. ISBN 978-1-57488-193-6. 
  • Ebbert, Jean and Marie-Beth Hall (2002). The First, the Few, the Forgotten: Navy and Marine Corps Women in World War I. Annapolis, MD: The Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-203-X. 
  • Sterner, Doris M. (1997). In and Out of Harm's Way: A history of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Seattle, WA: Peanut Butter Publishing. ISBN 0-89716-706-6. 
  • Hancock, Joy Bright Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired) (1972). Lady in the Navy A Personal Reminiscence. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-336-9. 
  • Collins, Winifred Quick Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired) with Herbert M. Levine (1997). More Than A Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man's World. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press. ISBN 1-57441-022-9. 
  • Holme, Jeanne Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) (1972). Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution [Revised Edition]. Novato, CA: Presidio Press. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/00891414509|00891414509]]. 
  • Zimmerman, Jean (1995). Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-47789-9. 

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