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Every summer, come Memorial Day, no matter how cold and bleak it was in western Pennsylvania, my mother would take us children to the swimming pool. Then came the TV show Sea Hunt and the seeds were sown." -Marie E. Knafelc
Probably because it's the only place you can swim." -Marie E. Knafelc
What really got me into diving was that the standards for women were the same [as for men]. Women had to do the same number of sit-ups and push-ups. They had to climb up and down the dive ladders wearing the same 200-pound Mark V dive system. ... Having separate standards is almost like sabotage. There's no way you can have a good team. You know, what we're here for is to do the work and be part of the team." -Karen Kohanowich
It was like being a visitor in another world. I loved working in the water. "I love the oceans, the marine life, the entire experience...still to this day." -Linda Hubbell
Then he informed me there was one other bit of news that went with this diving school stuff. I would be the first female officer to ever go through. My Dad was a Navy Seabee qualified in underwater demolition, and I knew what Navy diving school meant. Gulp." -Linda Hubbell
I knew I was the first (woman) and I felt a responsibility to show that equal opportunity works in the Navy. Once they opened the ships, I realized that someday I could become commander of one."
All the men had ever seen women do in the past was either be nurses or administrative personnel. Now, suddenly, you had women who were going to sea, going into diving, women who were flying airplanes. Those women had to work hard to build trust and prove themselves. Unfortunately, for a woman, it just seemed like every time you moved to a new command, you had to do it again and again and again. That was the hard part."
When I first came into the program there weren't many sea billets available to women and this was one way to get to go to sea. Women are part of the community within the Navy divers, and they are equally trained, equally capable, and equally successful as their male counterparts...you get out of it what you put into it."
We removed 30-ton propellers from a carrier in the water...That is quite a task, an engineering feat, that's done underwater."
You couldn't do it. Babe, what do you want to be a diver for? You'll be thrown out of that school in a week."
It's a matter of determination rather than skills. It helps to have someone behind you telling you that you can't do it. To work in a man's world you have to have an awful, awful lot of patience."
If you ever uttered the words, 'I quit,' you could never take them back, and there were plenty of eyes waiting to see me fail. I didn't want them asking less of women, for anything."
-Donna M. Tobias
On a daily basis, it was the single biggest obstacle. That suit was huge on me. I'm 5-foot-5 on a tall day, and my feet are small. Those boots were tough. They weighed 17 pounds each, and my foot only filled half the shoe. I even had dreams about those shoes."
-Donna M. Tobias
Silver petty officer crow displayed against a black backdrop - E4-E6 Active Duty Results
June 02, 2023
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May 25, 2023
The words "E4-E6 SELRES Results" in gold on a black background with a silver chevron between them. - E4-E6 SELRES Results
November 23, 2022