In regard to "Female sailors on subs extends tradition of service" (Opinion, Bonnie Erbe, Feb. 26): The submarine corps is a unique and elite special group of men who have trained and been specially picked for the vigorous duty aboard subs.

These men work very hard and are very dedicated to their profession. It’s not easy to earn the Silver Dolphins (insignia) on your chest. The sub crews wear them with pride.

The submariners are like the SEALs, Special Forces or airborne troops. They are in the best "men’s club" in the world. Women are not fit for this type of duty. Subs get under way and don’t come back for six to seven months. This time is mostly under water. Mentally and physically it is a challenging job.

Women do great work on surface ships; that’s where they belong. The "Silent Service" was intended for men, and that’s the way it should stay.

Chuck BurressTuttlingen, Germany

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