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)