From the Washington Examiner comes this sad sea story:
Navy drops historic job titles following gender-neutral study
The Navy is dropping all 89 of its historic job titles for enlisted sailors following a review sparked by the decision to open all job specialties to women.
The Navy announced on Thursday that it would establish a new classification system that would give sailors occupational specialty codes, not rating titles. That means an E-5 sailor will no longer be called “corpsman second class.” Instead, he or she will simply be called “second class petty officer.”
The major overhaul was first reported by Navy Times. The change aligns the service with the other three branches, which already address their members by their rank, such as “sergeant.”
Some of the ratings, such as boatswain’s mate, gunner’s mate, yeoman and master-at-arms, have been used by the U.S. Navy since the late 1700s.
While the change gets rid of “man” in many job titles, like corpsman, aviation ordnanceman, and legalman, sailors who are at the E-3 rank and below will still be called seamen.
Preserved Killick is unimpressed. Which I suppose they could grandfather, or grandmother, or grandother in a formerly female transgender corpsman… which Pres. Obama in his great respect for the military would still call a “corpse-man”.
And what will they do about coxswain?