RALEIGH -- Two members of N.C. State University's Naval ROTC program are among the first women selected to serve aboard Navy submarines.
The women, Midshipman Megan Bittner, 22, and Officer Candidate Karen Achtyl, 25, received word of their new assignments on Monday after an interview with a four-star admiral in Washington. It came just days after the Department of the Navy announced it would change its policy that forbade women to serve on submarines.
"There was always talk that there would be women on submarines," said Bittner, who is from Chesapeake, Va., and whose father is a retired Navy commander. "I found it interesting, but I didn't want to get my hopes up."
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