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Classes to begin Monday for first group of female submariners

Classes for the first group of female officers selected to serve on U.S. submarines are set to begin Monday at Naval Submarine Base New London, according to the Associated Press.

The eight officers, who are scheduled to join submarine crews in February, will be among the first women to serve on submarines since the Navy repealed a ban, the release said.

Until the Navy announced the change last year, women had been barred on the theory that the close quarters and long deployments were unsuitable for coed crews, said the report.

The 10-week Submarine Officer Basic Course that began Monday in Groton, a town midway between New York and Boston, also includes 74 men. No changes have been required in terms of lodging or classrooms, Naval Submarine School spokesman William Kenny said according to the Associated Press.

The Navy is still exploring the feasibility of modifying submarines' configurations to open the enlisted ranks to women, said Lt. Brian Wierzbicki, a Navy spokesman at Kings Bay, Ga. according to the report.

 Read more about the first class of women bound for subs by the Associated Press.

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