Female Sailors and civilians have a rich history of service in our Navy. On March 21, 1917, Loretta Perfectus Walsh left her mark on that history when she became our first female chief petty officer.
In honor of today’s centennial anniversary and Women’s History Month, we’re looking back at other female Sailors – part of that long and distinguished legacy – who benefited from our female chiefs’ deckplate leadership.
Today, women serve in every rank from seamen to admiral, hold nearly every job from naval aviator to deep-sea diver, and have the opportunity to serve in any occupation. They represent 19 percent of our entire naval force, 18 percent of all officers, 11 percent of flag officers, 20 percent of the enlisted force, and eight percent of all senior and master chiefs.
Tell us in the comments below about a female Navy chief who positively impacted your life.