The U.S. Naval Institute Chronicles series focuses on the relevance of history by exploring topics like significant battles, personalities, and service components. Tapping into the U.S. Naval Institute's robust archives, these carefully selected volumes help readers understand nuanced subjects by providing unique perspectives and some of the best contributions that have helped shape naval thinking over the many decades since the Institute's founding in 1873.
Serving as a companion to the history of women in the Navy, this volume presents the challenges that have accompanied the long road to gender integration. In these pages readers will find edification, clarification, and much food for thought about one of the most significant national defense issues of modern times.
About the Author
Thomas J. Cutler is a retired lieutenant commander and former gunner's mate second class who served in patrol craft, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. His varied assignments included an in-country Vietnam tour, small craft command, and nine years at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Seamanship & Navigation Department and Associate Chairman of the History Department. While at the Academy, he was awarded the William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education (military teacher of the year).
He is the founder and former Director of the Walbrook Maritime Academy in Baltimore. Currently he is Fleet Professor of Strategy and Policy with the Naval War College and is the Director of Professional Publishing at the U.S. Naval Institute.
Winner of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Naval Literature, the U.S. Naval Institute Press Author of the Year, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, his published works include NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the U.S. Navy; A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy [one of the books in the Chief of Naval Operations Reading Program]; The Battle of Leyte Gulf; Brown Water, Black Berets: Coastal & Riverine Warfare in Vietnam; and the 22nd, 23rd (Centennial), and 24th editions of The Bluejacket's Manual. His other works include revisions of Jack Sweetman's The Illustrated History of the U.S. Naval Academy and Dutton's Nautical Navigation. He and his wife, Deborah W. Cutler, are the co-editors of the Dictionary of Naval Terms and the Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations.
His books have been published in various forms, including paperback and audio, and have appeared as main and alternate selections of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book of the Month Club. He has served as a panelist, commentator, and keynote speaker on military and writing topics at many events and for various organizations, including the Naval History and Heritage Command, Smithsonian Institution, the Navy Memorial, U.S. Naval Academy, MacArthur Memorial Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, U.S. Naval Institute, Armed Forces Electronics Communications and Electronics Association, Naval War College, Civitan, and many veterans' organizations. His television appearances include the History Channel's Biography series, A&E's Our Century, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, and CBS's 48 Hours.
Table of Contents
Editor's Note xi
1 "Trust Us" Commander Robert E. Norris, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, November 1994 3
2 "Much Ado About Nothing" Captain Paul Ryan, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, June 1997 9
3 "Co-Ed Crew: Reality vs. Taboo" Captain Kevin Eyer, USN (Ret.) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, October 2012 15
4 "A View from the Gender Fault Line" Commander Gerard D. Roncolato Lieutenant Commander Stephen F. Davis Jr., USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, March 1998 24
5 "Leading Women Into the 21st Century" Lieutenant (junior grade) Martha Suzanne Dunne, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, July 1995 31
6 "Women in Ships: Can We Survive?" Lieutenant Roberta Spillane, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, July 1987 40
7 "Women on the Front Lines" Commander Barry J. Coyle, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, April 1989 48
8 "All in a Day's Work" Yeoman Third Class Nicole Kristina Ramirez, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, February 1997 58
9 "Rock the Cradle, Rock the Boat?" Captain Georgia C. Sadler, USN (Ret.) Patricia J. Thomas U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, April 1995 63
10 "Pregnancy on Active Duty: Making the Tough Decisions" Commander Julia T. Cadenhead, Chaplain Corps, USN U.S. Naval institute Proceedings, April 1995 74
11 "Abundant Opportunity" Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jacqueline L. DiRosa, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2007 79
12 "Women in Warships: A Right to Serve" Captain James F. Kelly Jr., USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, October 1978 87
13 "No Right to Fight" Lieutenant Niel L. Golightly, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 1987 100
14 "'We Are in the Fight'" Holly Yeager U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2007 110
15 "Just Say No!!" Lieutenant T. M. Downing, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, February 1992 119
16 "Equal Rights, Equal Risks" Commander R. M. Hixson, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, September 1985 123
17 "Equality: A Step Backward" Lieutenant A. DiLucente, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, February 1992 137
18 "It's Time" Captain Douglas M. Norton, USN (Ret.) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, February 1992 143
19 "Creating the Ultimate Meritocracy" Lieutenant Sherman Baldwin, USN U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, June 1993 151
20 "Personnel Puzzle" Carolyn H. Eecraft U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, April 1989 159
21 "Purple for Christmas" Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2014 170