The USS Michigan will be the first submarine to allow enlisted women to serve onboard. It’s part of the Navy's plan to have women doing 20 percent of the jobs on mixed gender submarines by 2020. The Michigan is an Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
The Navy began allowing female officers on subs three years ago. Lieutenant Commander Brian Bandura says allowing enlisted woman is the next step in the Navy’s plan to a fully integrated submarine force.