Jenny Firman - Women eligible to go to sea

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37 sec
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Department of Veterans' Affairs


The year I came into the Navy, there was the Sex Discrimination Act was passed, and that meant that women were eligible to go to sea, but not in all roles but medical was one of those roles ... Because I joined, I guess, under a contract, if you like, where I didn't have to go to sea … there was a bit of a choice for people who joined at that point.

We did the same sort of fitness training as everybody else and, to be frank, I really enjoyed exercise and I did a fair bit of sport so I found that really good. I thought, "I'm being paid to do things I do on my own free time normally". So that was great.

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