More than 20 percent of all female naval sealers will be vying for a spot on the U.S. Coast Guard’s next wave of female officers in coming years.
That number is up from just 8.6 percent last year.
The Coast Guard says its female sailors will receive a total of more than 50 career and career development awards in 2020.
The agency has been seeking to recruit more women for a while.
In 2013, it opened the first recruitment office in San Diego, California, to get the word out about the opportunity for women.
The following year, the agency announced it was hiring two additional recruiting offices in the Bay Area.
Last year, women made up 11.7 percent of the Coast Guard, up from 11.2 percent in 2013.
The agency said that’s because of an increase in females applying for the job.
But there are also plenty of women out there who aren’t interested in joining the Coast Guards.
In March, a woman died after being dragged from a boat on a beach near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, sparking outrage over the lack of female Navy personnel.
The Coast Guard is investigating.
More than 2,300 women have died in the service in recent years, and more than 2 million have been injured.