More Coastal Riverine Positions Open to Women

Patrol boats assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 practice maneuvering techniques during RIMPAC Exercise 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan M. Ilyankoff/Released)

WASHINGTON -- The Navy announced this week that women can now be assigned to the Coastal Riverine Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller (CRF JTAC) training and positions.

The 30-day Congressional notification requirement ended Sept. 15, which now opens 21 JTAC positions for the assignment of women. 

This decision is part of the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule and is one of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus's goals to maximize professional opportunities for women. 

JTAC is a Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) in the Riverine Squadrons. There are 21 billets available in the CRF.

CRF operates in harbors, rivers, bays, across the littorals and ashore. The primary mission of CRF is to conduct maritime security operations across all phases of military operations by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coastal waterways against enemies, and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations.

The only remaining community that is still closed to women is Special Warfare, an issue Special Operations Command and the Navy continues work on together.

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