“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 MOSs,” Mabus wrote previously in an order to Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
In most cases, the word Marine will replace “man”, for example, Basic infantry Marine and Riverine assault craft Marine.
19 MOSs in all will be given new names. Some, like “rifleman” and “mortarman,” will remain untouched — according to Marine Corps Times.
A Marine official who did not want to be identified said: “Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos…things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names”.
Many Marines and sailors have slammed the decision to change the names, pointing out that if a woman had an issue with being called a “fireman” or “corpsman,” she probably wouldn’t have made the Navy her career in the first place.
“We have reached peak crazy,” one reader said about an earlier Marine Corps Times story.
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