Midship-Person?! Officials Look at Removing 'Man' from Military Titles
In a possible move toward gender-neutrality, U.S. military branches are considering whether to remove “man” from service members' titles.
While some call the move long overdue, others argue that there are bigger issues the military should be focusing on at the moment.
The Army Times reported:
The Army has submitted its implementation plan to the Defense Department and is waiting for further guidance and approval of or changes to the plan, said Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman.
The Navy and Marine Corps, however, may see some changes down the road.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered the Navy to review all of its job titles and consider removing references to “man” from titles such as yeoman, fireman and seaman.
Mabus also ordered the Marine Corps to come up with a plan to make its enlisted entry-level training coed and make its job titles more gender-neutral.
The Air Force said last week it is not considering gender-neutral titles at this time.
Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie and veteran U.S. Marine Corps Captain Anu Bhagwati both made their cases on Fox and Friends this morning.
“Look, we have ISIS running rampant worldwide right now, and we’re worried about what we’re calling our soldiers?” said Higbie.
“It’s a PC push from a president that’s never been in the military,” he added. “It doesn’t matter what you call somebody.”
Bhagwati, on the other hand, called the decision “a small step,” but a “necessary” one.
In her experience in the Marines, “there were about 6 or 7 percent of the entire force [that] was female,” she said. “So anything that serves to segregate us will make us feel less welcome.”
Fox News reporter Lea Gabrielle, a former Navy fighter pilot and intelligence officer, offered her take, saying that while she understands where the military may be coming from, “being a Navy Aviator was something I was proud of.”
“I felt that it was a great honor to have earned a title, to [have] broken into a man’s world that the military’s been for so many years,” she said. “And to take on a title, that only men have had for so many years.”
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