For any Marine who's taken pride in filling roles such as Infantry Assault Man or Fire Support Man, reports about the wording of those job titles — and others — might come as a bit of a shock.
As part of a gender neutrality push, the Marine Corps is renaming 19 job titles among its military occupational specialties, or MOSs, the Marine Corps Times reported, in most cases to delete the suffix "man" from them.
The Times said it obtained a list of 33 MOSs that were reviewed, and titles such as Rifleman and Mortarman won't be changed since they're "steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos," according to a Marine official who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity.
The official told the Times the titles that were changed "needed to be updated to align with other MOS names."
The Times reported that "[i]n most cases, the word 'man' will be replaced by Marine" and then listed the following altered titles:
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
Amphibious assault vehicle Marine
Amphibious combat vehicle Marine
TheBlaze checked Marines.com Wednesday afternoon for all MOC roles and found only the following titles that correspond to the Times' list of pending changes:
Fire Support Man
Field Artillery Fire Control Man
Assault Amphibious Vehicle (Aav) Crewman
The paper noted that Field Artillery Operations Man (which is listed on the Marines' MOC page) is expected to become Field Artillery Operations Chief since that post is typically held by staff sergeants or higher ranks. Anti-Tank Missileman (also on the Marines' MOC page) will use "gunner" in place of "man," the Times said.
The following MOC titles with a "man" suffix are listed on the Marines' site but aren't part of the Times' list — although it's possible they're included in a manner not immediately obvious:
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (Efv) Crewman
M1a1 Tank Crewman
Artillery Meteorological Man
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus mandated job title reviews for both the Navy and Marines in January, the Times said, not long after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all military jobs would open to women. A formal announcement on the job title name changes is expected in a few days, the paper said.
"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," Mabus wrote to Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, the Times reported. "Please review the position titles throughout the Marine Corps and ensure that they are gender-integrated as well, removing 'man' from the titles."
More from the Times:
The Navy’s review has broadened beyond its original mission of removing the word “man” from as many as 21 job titles and rating names. That review could ax newer titles like aircrew survival equipmentman, as well as timeless ones such as corpsman and yeoman — even seaman.
As of late June, no decisions had been made. The Navy has called for a second review of the proposals, a process likely to take a few months.
The move has proved unpopular with many Marines and sailors, with several branding it political correctness run amok.
"We have reached peak crazy," a reader commented regarding a previous Times story on the issue.
"If a woman isn't going to consider making the Navy her career because she is called a fireman or a corpsman, then I don't think she was going to make the Navy a career period," a reader commented on a Navy Times story. "We don't need [people who are easily offended] like that clogging up the institutions that protect our country."
(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)