A trio of servicemembers made history earlier this week when they were honored as the first women to become fully qualified submarine officers. The three soldiers were recognized after a lengthy process that cleared one of the last remaining obstacles for women in the military, according to Navy News.
Among those who earned their submarine "dolphins," was Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, who has been assigned to serve on the USS Wyoming. While her place in history is important, Leveque humbly accepted her promotion.
"I am honored to be joining the long tradition of the submarine force by earning my dolphins and excited for the journey to come," Leveque told the news source. "I could not have accomplished this without the help of the wardroom and crew of the USS Wyoming."
Whether male or female, becoming a fully qualified submarine officer is no small feat. Leveque, along with Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan, were given the honor after a year of training followed by a year at sea.
Despite the recent strides being made, there are still some areas unavailable to women in the military. Most notably, women are still excluded from many combat positions, according to Fox News.