Skip to comments.Women in submarines face health issues
Posted on 04/04/2010 9:45:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
On the surface, the Navy's leadership has sounded exuberant in speaking publicly about its recent decision to begin deploying female sailors in the cramped confines of combat submarines by next year.
But behind the scenes, the prospect of coed submarines is presenting medical and ship-construction challenges.
A specialist on undersea medicine is warning Congress that the air inside a submarine can be hazardous to fetal development.
"Atmosphere controls are different between ships and a submarine's sealed environment," retired Rear Adm. Hugh Scott, a former undersea medical officer, told The Washington Times. "There are all types of organic traces that off-gas into the air that have to be removed by mechanical means. You just can't open a window and let them out."
Adm. Scott said the Office of Naval Research contacted him about serving on a panel to study women and submarine issues, but he never heard back. A spokesman for the office said he had no immediate information on any submarine study.
The Navy is following the template it is using to allow gays in the military. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates voiced support for removing the ban on gays, then ordered a study to determine the impact on combat readiness and military families.
During congressional testimony this year, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, enthusiastically endorsed placing Navy women in subs.
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>>”There are all types of organic traces that off-gas into the air that have to be removed by mechanical means. You just can’t open a window and let them out.” <<
IOW, when men fart, you can’t luff the covers.
I don’t think the “diversity” knucklehead crowd in the Pentagon is really all that concerned about the health of their female sailors. “Diversity” and “social engineering” in number one on the military’s list of priorities right now.
Dumbest idea I ever heard of, women on submarines ...
Open toilets, dangerous gases, fetal damage, lack of physical strength, getting pregnant ...
WHen an emergency comes will Gates be there to cover for them?
Remember the 9 fatal crashes during training for our next F-16 to-be-pilot???
Then she sued!!!!!!!!!
See “Das Boot”, then decide if you want an underwater fetus.
A million crude jokes using the words “down” and “under” are flooding my brain. Not to mention references about “scrubbing the head.”
Seriously, though, isn’t a laugh riot that men could breathe that same toxic soup for decades without a single complaint, but the moment women step on board, suddenly we need a can of Fabreze ready to lighten up the aroma? How about one of those odor eaters in an outlet? At least spray the bathroom after using it. (My wife’s favorite complaint, by the way.) A nice floral decor would make everything better... at least until that special gal with those allergies to offensive odors comes on board.
Our descendents will find this era a gold mine for absurd humor.
“Jock rot” is bad enough...what do they call it for women?
Oh, god! roflmbo The things you have to worry about when you make changes you haven't thought out.
Oh sweet *censored*. THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!
That crap is in the air for up to 4 months if you are on a nuclear deterrent patrol, guys get wacky on these extended cruises..can only wonder at the sexual harassment claims this will create.
Sorry, guys, but I would not want to be 500 ft down in a pressure hull with a partial complement of ratings with PMS. No thanks.
I stipulate that women are sometimes physically as hardy if not hardier than men. But what is the point of mixing them with men if an all male crew can perform better. Should the NCAA make Duke add a woman to the mix?
I look forward to the day when front-line officers are in charge again, and these desk driving idiots are retried.
“air inside a submarine can be hazardous to fetal development.”
There’s two ways to save developing babies in submarines, 1) Don’t let women serve aboard subs and 2) don’t let pregnant women into the submarines.