Re-scheduling The Quarterly PM
I noticed that it's been three months since I posted on that always popular topic, "Women on Submarines". Even though there's an article that just came out in the new Navy Times about the MCPON seeming to support the concept, my heart really isn't in it tonight, so I'll throw you over to Rontini's BBS, where the discussion's going on hot and heavy. Here's part of the article; the rest is in the Rontini post linked above:
"The Navy's top enlisted sailor thinks the time may be right for women to join the silent service.
"I am not opposed to women serving on submarines," Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/AW) Terry Scott said in a 90-minute Feb. 1 interview with re-porters and editors of Navy Times. "I think it could work."
"A former submariner and chief of a fast attack boat, Scott said he believes Navy culture - not a lack of funding or logistical constraints - is the only fundamental hurdle to the idea...
"...A career submariner, Scott rose from the ranks as a missile technician onboard a ballistic missile submarine to become the chief of the boat on an attack submarine. He has experienced life onboard submarines firsthand and says there's a place for women there, too. His contention comes not just from a sailor's perspective. It's driven, in part, by being the father of two very capable daughters.
"I have a daughter who told me when she was 8 years old that she wanted to ride submarines," Scott said.
"He recounted the conversation that came up after his daughter experienced a dependents' cruise with her father. "I said, you never know what's going to happen, honey," he told her. "She's 21 years old now, and still wants to."
"That's just one of the factors that shaped his current view on a long-sensitive subject in the silent service.Scott said the biggest obstacle to getting women into subs isn't the age-old, and understandable, difficulties in modifying heads and berthing areas. Instead, supporters of the idea must overcome cultural fears and concerns.
"But Scott said good leadership can solve those issues."I think it could work," he said. "I think leadership can solve many of what are considered some of our most difficult problems." Scott said he knows of no formal plans or policies to change the current exclusions, but his position on the matter was clear: "I would support a change," he said."
Of course, he is a Missile Tech...