Female Seamen Allowed On Submarines
(Sorry. The headline erupted from my inner 8-year-old and I couldn't stop it.)
While the days of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" may soon be in the past, another segregationist policy in the armed forces might walk the plank soon. The Navy is cool with girls on submarines. And if Congress is cool with it, then then the naval sausage party as we knew it in The Hunt for Red October is done.
This policy was news to me. With about one-sixth of navy recruits possessing two x-chromosomes, I had figured the glass ceiling to underwater craft had already been shattered (but not literally — that would be an unwise structural decision). Perhaps precedent was dictated when, in the 2008 episode of Monk titled "Mr. Monk Goes Underwater," Adrian's nurse Natalie, played by Traylor Howard, happened to be on a sub while solving a murder. And (spoiler!) that turned out to be an okay decision. No ports were invaded by Russians, pirates, or highly intelligent porpoises.
See, look at all this social progress we're making in the military. We're almost to 1990!