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Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy

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Updated: 7/23 4:00 pm

(BPT) - What's it like being a woman in today's Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it's incredibly empowering. That's because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits personally and professionally is an equal opportunity for women and men alike.

The notion of 'man's work' is redefined in the Navy. Stereotypes are overridden by determination, by proven capabilities and by a shared appreciation for work that's driven by hands-on skills and adrenaline. Here, a woman is definitely in on the action. And women who seek to pursue what some may consider male-dominated roles are not only welcome, they're wanted - in any of dozens of dynamic fields.

Train to become an Electronics Technician who knows her way around a nuclear propulsion power plant or a Naval Reactors Engineer who designs them. Work with advanced weapons systems on state-of-the-art ships, or lead security details anywhere in the world. Launch a cutting-edge career in the field of aviation as an Air crewman, an Aviation Structural Mechanic or one of several other specialties in this area. It's all possible, and women are filling these rolls in the Navy now.

The Navy doesn't only provide excellent career opportunities for women. From fitness rooms to pick-up sporting games and discounted tickets for national, regional and local attractions, women have the ability to connect with and make new friends while serving. Women interested in serving in the Navy will be able to join a team of more than 65,000 female Sailors, assigned to 206 ships in the Fleet.

From enlisted to officer positions, there are many high-impact positions currently in great demand, including:

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician - Locate, identify, render safe and dispose of various forms of explosive devices - conventional, nuclear, chemical and biological.

Navy Diver - Perform underwater salvage, repair and maintenance, submarine rescue and support to Special Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal communities.

Aviation Rescue Swimmer - Perform aviation rescue operations over land and in an open-water environment.

Builder - Construct everything from buildings to bridges or runways, and install finish work.

Naval Aviator - Be part of one of the world's most renowned aviation teams, directing critical flight missions and piloting the most state-of-the-art aircraft ever created.

For information about women serving in the Navy visit www.navy.com/inside/winr.html or www.navy.com/inside/winr/faqs.html for a list of questions women frequently ask about training, hair presentation and enlistment requirements. For more information about opportunities to serve, visit www.navy.com.

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