Marines dropping 'man' from 19 job titles
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published: June 29, 2016
SAN ANTONIO — The Marine Corps will remove “man” from 19 of its job specialty titles and shift to more gender-neutral names after a senior level review, a Marine Corps official said Tuesday, channeling a broader discussion on gender roles in the military.
The rifleman and mortarman classifiers will remain, as they are embedded in Marine Corps culture, and other changes were meant to align with updated terminology, said a Marine personnel official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The change comes after Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in January ordered Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, to end gender-segregated training. In a separate memo, Mabus asked for a review of the gendered Military Occupational Specialty Codes.
“This is an opportunity to update the position title and descriptions themselves to demonstrate through this language that women are included,” Mabus wrote, adding “man” should be removed from titles.