Navy Secretary: ‘We don’t have enough women in Navy or Marine Corps’

Navy Secretary: ‘We don’t have enough women in Navy or Marine Corps’

[Ed. – Enough to do what?]

“We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and we’ve got to do a better job of recruiting and we’ve got to do a better job of retaining those women,” Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus Jr. said on Thursday.

He told a gathering at the National Press Club that he’s in the process of changing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms — “so that when you look out, you see American sailors and Marines, not particularly female sailors or male sailors…And this is symbolic in terms of not segregating women, of making sure that they are substantively and symbolically the heart of our force, power.”

Uniforms aren’t the only things that are changing: The Navy says all new surface ships are built from the keel up to accommodate women.  Older ships undergo “habitability modifications,” such as replacing urinals with toilets.

As of June 2014, 17 percent of active duty Naval officers (9,334) were women. And women comprised 18 percent (50,108) of active duty enlistees.

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