All ‘Man’ Removed From The Marines! Yay Or Nay?

All ‘Man’ Removed From The Marines! Yay Or Nay?
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The Marine Corps has announced that it will make an official change in its job titles.


Removing the word “man” from its roles, the gender neutral name changes will be made to as many as 19 military occupational specialties. The change comes almost six months after the White House announced that all military combat roles will be made open to women.

The gender neutral name changes were ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, as reported by the Marine Corps Times. The word “man” in these titles will be substituted with “Marine.” The announcement of the messages will be published in the form of a service wide message in the next few days.

Among the list of 33 MOSs evaluated, “rifleman” and “mortarman” are among those that will not be changed. “Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos,” an official with the Marine Corps said. “Things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names.”

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As reported by NBC News, some of the titles that will be changed include basic infantry Marine, light-armor vehicle Marine, basic field artillery Marine, reconnaissance Marine, antitank missile gunner, field artillery fire control Marine, field artillery operations chief and armor Marine.

Not everyone is in support of the gender neutral changes being made to job titles. One user on Facebook said, “I’m a woMAN. Removing ‘man’ from job titles is ridiculous! If a woman has a problem DOING the job just because it has man in the job title, then maybe she’s not qualified and should seek another career path. So SICK of PC! Oh, and I’m pretty dang good at being a woman.”

Another user said, “It’s doesn’t matter what names is being changes for which MOS, it could be name 111 222 333; what really matter is whether or not the camaraderie is still there.”

In December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the military combat jobs would be open to women. Military leaders have expressed disapproval at this, as reported by the Associated Press, who say that mixed units will not function as well as men only units.

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