Navy women, your help is critical! The Military Women’s Memorial is developing an exhibit celebrating 30 years of women on combat ships. A feature of the exhibit will showcase Navy women’s impressions about their experiences during this groundbreaking event. Please take time to send us a brief statement(s) related to your shipboard experience. Below are issues that will be addressed in the exhibit. Your experiences related to these issues will help illustrate and bring to life this pivotal time in Naval history. Your unique insights are needed by April 22.

The below text includes topics/areas you might consider when addressing your experiences.

To participate, copy and paste the below questionnaire text into a Word doc or email, respond to any/all questions in each section, and submit your responses via email to [email protected] 

Thank you for your participation and helping us shape this new exhibit.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name________________________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________________

City __________________________________________________ State____________ Zip__________

Phone________________________________Email__________________________________________

MWM REGISTRATION STATUS

Are you registered with the Military Women’s Memorial?   Yes | No | Not Sure

MWM Registration ID (if known)  _________

Registration Date (if known) _________

GENERAL SHIP INFORMATION

Tell us about your ship.

Was serving on a ship an option for women when you joined the Navy? Was serving on a combatant ship an option for women when you joined the Navy? When/how did you decide to serve on a ship? 

Did you serve on more than one ship during your time in the Navy? On which type of ship(s) did you serve? What timeframe did you serve? What was your rank/rate when you were assigned/received orders to a ship? To what position/billet were you assigned? Did you remain in that position? What was your specialty? (Comms, Info Systems, Engineering, Admin, Security, etc.) Were you in a leadership role/position? How many other women, officers and Sailors, were assigned to the ship? Were any women more senior to you?

 

SHIPBOARD LIFE

Tell us what life was like on your ship.

What type of berthing was available/assigned to you and to other women? What other accommodations had to be made for women on your ship, if any? What was your average day? Were feminine hygiene products available on the ship? Or did you have to bring a supply with you and/or have them sent to you? What about any other products unique to women? How did you maintain your hairstyle within Navy regs while deployed on the ship? What uniforms/gear did you wear?  Were you issued any uniform/gear unique to ship duty? If so, were they fitted to accommodate women? What were some of your more memorable experiences?

 

DEPLOYMENTS (if applicable)

Tell us about any deployments you experienced while assigned to the ship.

Where did you deploy? How long was your deployment? Any exercises, conflicts, war experiences? How many deployments did you experience? What was your port of call/liberty experience (Domestic and/or Foreign) ? Any unique issues when in a country that had specific laws and restrictions in regard to women? What were some of your more memorable experiences while deployed?

 

TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS

Tell us about your training and/or qualification experiences. 

Prior to reporting to the ship, did you receive any training to prepare you for ship duty? What type of training? How adequate was it? What type of training did you receive while on the ship? How adequate was it? Did you attain any qualifications prior to or during ship duty? If so, what qualifications (I.E. Surface Warfare…)? How adequate was your Professional Development once you reported to the ship? Was training available to you to help with your career advancement? What were some of your memorable experiences (positive or negative) regarding your training?    

 

HEALTH AND MEDICAL ISSUES

Tell us about any health and/or medical issues.

Were medical services available specific to women’s health issues? If so, how adequate? If not, how were such women’s health issues dealt with? Were supplies available? Was birth control available? Were there any pregnancy issues (with any woman on the ship)? How were pregnancies dealt with? Were there any special accommodations made for pregnant women? If so, what were they?

 

COMMAND CLIMATE

Tell us about the command climate on the ship in which you served.

How receptive was the chain-of-command when you reported to the ship? How supportive was the chain-of-command during your assignment? How receptive was the Chief’s Mess when you reported to the ship? How supportive was the Chief’s Mess during your assignment? How receptive was the ship’s crew when you reported to the ship? How supportive was the ship’s crew during your assignment?

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT/HARRASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION ISSUES

Tell us of any sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination issues while on your ship.

How adequate were the protocols for reporting sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination? How adequate was any sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination training? If you are willing to share, did you experience any sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination while assigned to the ship? If so, how was the issue resolved? Were you aware of any other female member of the ship who experienced sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination while assigned to the ship? If so, how was the issue resolved?

 

OTHER ISSUES OR EXPERIENCES

Tell us about any other experiences you would like to share. 

How did you personally prepare for your assignment/deployment? How did you establish or resolve any child or pet or parent care issues before reporting to the ship? How did your family react to your ship assignment/deployment? Were they: supportive, positive, resigned, accepting, negative, worried…?