President Donald Trump called updates to the Navy SEAL ethos statement to make it gender-neutral “ridiculous” and vowed to overturn the order.
“I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Newsmax reported on the changes, which eliminated words like “man” and “brotherhood.”
In an effort to remove any gender-specific references, phrases were changed from “common man” to “common citizens” and “I am that man” to “I am that warrior.”
Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup told American Military News the updates to the SEAL ethos and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen creed were done to reflect changes in the law that allow women to serve in the commando groups.
"The previous versions of the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare. The changes do not in any way reflect lowering standards of entry, rather they ensure that all those who meet the requirements to train to become a SEAL or SWCC are represented in the ethos or creed they live out," Stroup said, noting to date no women have completed the training to become a SEAL.
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