"A View from the Gender Fault Line"
(See G. D. Roncolato and S. F. Davis, pp. 102104, March 1998 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Richard D. Brawley, U.S. Navy-This article is an unnecessary piece of hubris. There have been mixed gender ships for several years. The USS Laboon (DDG-58) was commissioned with two female junior officers, and during its post-shakedown availability, received the rest of its female sailors.
During my two and a half years on board the Laboon, we lost no female sailors to pregnancy, nor did we have any problems with a mixed crew. The commanding officer never addressed a "no dating" rule, because that rule is unenforceable. Instead, he enforced the Navy's policy on fraternization and used a healthy dose of common sense. Yet the crew of the Laboon did not judge this as the successful test criterion, but judged the ship's and crew's performance during their first deployment.