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Women In Ships (WIS)

Now more than ever, the opportunity for women to serve at sea is available.  The Women in Ships Coordinator is responsible for administrative management of the rack allocation for operational units.  The Navy has approximately 280 ships and numerous deployable squadrons that embark onboard ships.  These ships are home ported across the world.
Below is some helpful information that will guide your future operational duty negotiations:
  • When you are in your twelve-month PRD negotiation window, review the advertised requisitions on MyNavy Assignment.  When looking at ships/squadrons requisitions, you will notice a female capable column, if Y it is yes and N means no. Then the next column is female berthing available, if Y it is yes and blank means not for that requisition.  The detailer will make MyNavy Assignment selections based on many factors including:  number of applications, qualifications, and rack availability.
  • If your detailer contacts you and informs you there are no rack availabilities, there are a few options.  The detailer may offer other ships/squadrons that are available and you can take one of those, or if you have time remaining in your negotiation window, you can wait and review the next requisition cycle.  Either way, the WIS Coordinator will work closely with your detailer to find an operational opportunity for you. This situation occurs with men as well, and the procedures for finding Sailors the correct operational assignments are identical.
  • Another question often asked by women who were sent to shore for pregnancy or LIMDU is, "Can I go back to the same ship I was on?"  Normally, the answer will be no.  When you are assigned to shore duty prior to your normal PRD, the transfer is considered an unplanned loss and distribution will work to identify a relief for your previous command.  If your billet is still available at the time you are screened for operational assignment, your detailer may attempt to send you back, if a rack is available.
  • If you need a career-enhancing billet, sea duty is the way to go.  This experience is both career enhancing and rewarding.  If you have specific questions or concerns, contact your detailer.
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