Thousands of Marines will soon see their job titles changed in the name of gender equality. The Corps will be removing the word “man” from numerous job titles to be more inclusive. Generally speaking, the term “man” will be replaced with “Marine”.
According to a report from Marine Corps Times:
In all, the Marine Corps plans to rename 19 of its military occupational specialties, or MOSs, as the result of a months-long review mandated by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. A service-wide message announcing the changes is expected to be published within the next few days.
The terms “rifleman” and “mortarman,” are among those that remain untouched, according to a list — obtained by Marine Corps Times on Monday — of 33 MOSs that were reviewed. And that was by careful design, said a Marine official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos,” the official said. “Things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names.”
Here is a list of the new MOS names for many of the changes: Basic infantry Marine, Riverine assault craft Marine, Light-armor vehicle Marine, Reconnaissance Marine (to include three other recon-related jobs that include the word “man”), Infantry assault Marine, Basic field artillery Marine, Field artillery fire control Marine, Field artillery sensor support Marine, Fire support Marine, Basic engineer, construction and equipment Marine, Basic tank and assault amphibious vehicle Marine, Armor Marine, Amphibious assault vehicle Marine, and Amphibious combat vehicle Marine.
“As we achieve full integration of the force … this is an opportunity to update the position titles and descriptions themselves to demonstrate through this language that women are included in these MOSs,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wrote in a January order to Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. “Please review the position titles throughout the Marine Corps and ensure that they are gender-integrated as well, removing ‘man’ from the titles.”
The reactions are about what you would expect. The Chicago Tribune collected a few. Here is an excerpt:
“On one hand, the name changes from ‘man’ to ‘person’ or whatever they want to call it doesn’t really matter. They could call mortarmen bakers for all I care,” said Sgt. Geoff Heath, a Marine rifleman with multiple combat deployments. “But on the other, it’s a direct reflection on society’s crybaby political correctness.”
“Not really seeing why this matters. A marine is a marine. If this triggers you well … not really sure what to say honestly. You’d think someone who has seen combat would have more stones.”
An official statement by the Marine Corps is expected in the next few days along with an official time table for the changes.