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Marine Corps is dropping the “man” from many of its titles U.S. Marine Coprs photo/Henry Antenor
Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure one of the notional downed pilots during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training exercise at the Jungle Warfare Training Center here, Jan 27. The TRAP is one of many capabilities tested during the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training package. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU. (31st Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)

The Marine Corps will adopt gender-neutral titles for many of its occupations. The move comes as the military was recently ordered to open all combat roles to women.

In a Jan. 1 memo to Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus gave the Corps 15 days to submit a “detailed plan” on how the service will fully integrate its boot camp and Officer Candidate School. The plan will be implemented by the beginning of April.

A second memo from Mabus instructs the Marine Corps to conduct a full review of its military occupational specialty titles in an effort to ensure that they are gender-neutral by dropping the “man” from titles.

Iconic titles like “infantryman,” “rifleman” or “midshipman” are not required to be changed. The titles would be changed when the word “man” appears as a separate word, like “reconnaissance man” and “fire support man,” for example.

(H/T Marine Corps Times)

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