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Marine Corps Renaming 19 Jobs to Meet Gender Neutral Directive

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Female Marine recruits stand in formation during boot camp Feb. 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 03:22 PM

Sometime in the next few days, 19 occupational specialties within the Marine Corps are going to get renamed to meet the directive sent from the Navy secretary that all jobs titles become gender neutral, the Marine Corps Times reported.

They're taking the "man" out of the Corps.

"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 (Military Occupational Specialties)," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wrote in a January order, the Washington 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."

Iconic job titles "rifleman" and "mortarman" will remain, but here are a few of the 19 titles that are changing, according to the Marine Corps Times; "man" will be replaced by "Marine."

Some of the new titles include:
  • Basic Infantryman begets Basic Infantry Marine
  • Infantry Assaultman begets Infantry Assault Marine
  • Basic Field Artillery Marine
  • Fire Support Marine
  • Armor Marine
"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," Sgt. Geoff Heath told the Washington Post. "But on the other, it's a direct reflection on society's crybaby political correctness."

Further, the Navy is still reviewing its titles but could end up taking "man" out of 21 titles, including "seaman" and "corpsman," reported the Marine Corps Times.

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Sometime in the next few days, 19 occupational specialties within the Marine Corps are going to get renamed to meet the directive sent from the Navy secretary that all jobs titles become gender neutral, the Marine Corps Times reported.
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