Midshipman Megan Bittner and Officer Candidate Karen Achtyl, both members of NROTC at NC State, will be among the first women to serve in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. Both women will graduate magna cum laude next Saturday. The News & Observer spoke with Capt. Stephen Matts, who oversees the NROTC program and who once commanded a sub:
[T]he Navy looks for “hardworking, smart and dedicated” as well as technologically adept people to serve on its submarines. Bittner and Achtyl, he said, have the intelligence, motivation and talent to work in such an environment.
According to the N&O, 11 women from the Naval Academy have been chosen, too, but Bittner and Achtyl were the first women from an NROTC program who were selected to serve.
The Navy announced the change in policy April 29. You can read its press release here.