The United State's Navy will start allowing women to serve on submarines. My main question/concern is what will happen in the event one of the women serving on the sub either becomes pregnant or realizes they are pregnant only after launch. It seems there are two main possibilities, both unpalatable. Either turn around and head home to port or continue the mission with the pregnant lady. I think instead they might send a ship to pick up the women, though even that would compromise the sub's anonymity at least for a while.
"The U.S. policy banning women from serving on submarines passed quietly into history Thursday morning.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates notified lawmakers in mid-February that the Navy would be lifting the ban - unless Congress objected.
Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole said the deadline for Congress to object passed at midnight without action."