Females filling shore-duty billets has been a problem for years.
When I completed my first sea-tour, my detailer told me that there were no shore-duty openings due to females taking them. So I stayed on sea-duty. It seemed dumb to have females in my rate if they can not go to sea and they can only fill-up the shore-duty billets.
After my second sea-tour, when I had 9 years in uniform, I had 7 years at sea [2 in school]. I was again told that there were no shore-duty billets available due to females.
Concur. But, in defense of the females, we had a heck of a time GETTING to sea due to lack of billets. I do understand that the men often had to go overseas to get on dry land because so many CONUS billets were filled by females. Don't blame the women. They didn't develop the billeting structure.
I joined the Navy to go to sea. Boy, was I disappointed when I found out how few female, sea-going billets were available. I was ecstatic when they started allowing women onboard combatants!! Turns out that I loved it at sea as much as I thought I would.
I spotted an ad for Law Enforcement billets, I was able to go outside of my rate and do shore-duty as Navy Police.
Doing Navy Police work I was exposed to an entirely different side of the Navy. Lots of females who go from shore-duty to shore-duty, and never go to sea. They can do an OUTUS tours and get counted as if it was sea-duty. I did 3 years of Law Enforcement shore-duty and I went back to sea.
Yep, it was overseas shore duty and counted as sea duty for ROTATIONAL purposes only. They HAD to give women some way to get into the rotation. Again, don't be bitter... it wasn't the women's fault.
At my 17 year mark, I was again told by my detailer that there was no shore-duty billets open. He advised me to stay at sea. I had 12 years at sea at that point, if I had stayed in my rate I would have completed a 20-year career with one shore-duty tour.
I went back to Law Enforcement for my twilight tour.
During my last tour I did OUTUS Law Enforcement, my last supervisors [an E7, an E8, and an E9] were all filled with females who were junior to me.
No, they had less time IN than you, but were NOT junior to you. Rank gives seniority. I know that's a hard pill to swallow. I can assure you that, as a Chief, it's tough to listen to some Ltjg who's been in less than 2 years think they know everything, and don't have the good sense to consider the 15-20 yrs experience of their "juniors". But it is what it is.
By being minority females they made advancement every time they took the test. In YOUR rating maybe. So maybe your rating should have been one that was closed to women. Many were, back in the day.
The normal prerequisites of sea-time and in-rate qualifications were waived for them.
Sea-time, yeah, again, no fault of the women. But, in-rate quals? I don't believe it. Among my supervisors only one had ever been to sea. The E9 had spent 6 months at sea before getting pregnant. With the exception of that one E9 female who had done 6-months at sea, they had all been rotating between OUTUS shore-duty and CONUS shore-duty.