It didn’t get much play in print/broadcast media when the Marine Corps announced it is yielding to political correctness and is removing “man” from 19 of its job specialty titles in a move to be more gender-neutral, notes Grumpy Editor.
Antitank missileman, for example, will become antitank gunner; field artillery operations man will become field artillery operations chief. and reconnaissance man identifier and its subcategories will shift to reconnaissance Marine, according to documents obtained by Stars and Stripes.
Rifleman and mortarman classifiers will remain, as they are embedded in Marine Corps culture, writes S&S staffer Alex Horton, who adds, “Other changes are meant to align with updated terminology, said a Marine personnel official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”
The change comes after Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in January ordered Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, to end gender-segregated training, Horton points out.
The S&S writer says Mabus wrote, “This is an opportunity to update the position title and descriptions themselves to demonstrate through this language that women are included,” adding “man” should be removed from titles.
The memos follow Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s decision in December to open all combat-related jobs to women.
Meanwhile, a poll by Economist/YouGov finds only 39 percent of women support registration of women for the draft in legislation working its way through Congress.
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