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NAVY ALL CAPS Ditched as Way To Communicate To Save $20M

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 11:17 AM

By Michael Mullins

The U.S. Navy is shifting to a cheaper, more efficient messaging system it says, replacing its all caps memos with lowercase messages.

The change was relayed to Naval brass in April, however it was not reported outside military circles until this week.

"Lowercase messages are here to stay; they provide a more readable format," a Navy news release said, citing James McCarty, the naval messaging program manager at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.

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Revamping the message system has received mixed reviews from serving Navy personnel, with younger seamen agreeing with the change because arguing the new messages will be more readable and look more like emails, whereas the old guard is more hesitant to embrace the change.

"You have a lot of folks that have been around for a long time and are used to uppercase and they just prefer that it stay there because of the standardized look of it," McCarty added. "But the truth of it is, as we move forward, its imminent."

All-cap messages were a vestige of a bygone era, when the teletype machines used by the military in the 1850s consisted of three rows of keys, none of which had lowercase letters, notes CNN.

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The new lowercase system will reportedly save the Navy $20 million per year, though it was not explained how the money would be saved.

The system won't be fully implemented until next year, and will likely result in Navy personnel no longer feeling like they're being barked at with every message, unless of course the sender is a superior officer.

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