Women on Ships?

United States
December 20, 2006 6:30pm CST
I spent 7 years in the US Navy, and made two med. cruises on carriers. I am very proud of the time I served, and was able to see a lot of Europe during my time in. While on the ships, and still now that I'm out, I often talk to older, retired Navy guys who feel that women have no place on a ship... not even one as big as a carrier. FYI, Carriers are like a small city, holding around 5,000 people. What is your opinion on this, and why?
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@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Too often when we are not sure of something,we strike out in fear.--Many people seem to think there are still stereotypical jobs in the world.You were a member for 7 years?Did you find many of the same problems at the end of your run as at the beginning despite having to prove yourself over and over??Knowing what you know now,would you join again?
• United States
22 Dec 06
Yes, I found a lot of challenges, but honestly, it was other women that made it more difficult. One that I knew got pregnant just before a 6-month deployment so she wouldn't have to go. That's just one example of many that women using their "womanhood" to get out of doing their job. That makes men treat ALL women as if we do that. I'm a hard worker, and never liked being put into this stereotype of being lazy and unreliable just because I'm of the female gender. Knowing what I know now, YES, I would join again. But, I would have chosen a different rate (job) because the one that I had didn't help me to get a job on the outside at all. Also, I probably would have stayed in to retire, instead of getting out at 7.
@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I believe that a woman has the same right as a man to go into the navy.
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@crassus (113)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I suppose, espeecially if the ships are that big that there is no problem with having women there. I can understand the problems, though, that could arise if the ships are at sea for long periods and certain urges come up.
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@Monkeymia (206)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
I think a woman has every right to join the Navy or any military division, if they really want to do it so be it. My husband is military and I have a heap of girl friends that are in the Navy too and they are just as hard working and dedicated to their job as the men. They put off kids till after they do their time and they are very dedicated at what they do.