The U.S. Navy has made a move to go back to the traditional job title system after widespread backlash ensued over the changes.
The Daily Caller reported:
The Navy was supposed to announce the decision Wednesday, but details of the NAVADMIN message leaked out to social media Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post by Navy Adm. John Richardson, who serves as chief of naval operations.
Richardson called the new change, which reverts to a system with “man” in various job titles like “hospital corpsman,” a “course correction.”
This memo will be officially released at 8 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.
“We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored,” the message from Richardson read, according to USNI News.
“The feedback from current and former sailors has been consistent that there is wide support for the flexibility that the plan offers, but the removal of rating titles detracted from accomplishing our major goals.”
The DC reported:
Sailors were upset at what they felt was an unnecessary and politically correct culture change, especially because the old ratings system makes the Navy distinct from other services and fosters a sense of pride and preserves a 241-year tradition.
The original effort to change the job title system was pioneered by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, in order to make job titles more welcoming to women, who are now able to access all combat roles as of last December. The Navy announced the new job title system in late September, much to the dismay of a sizable number of sailors. That frustration erupted in the form of a White House petition urging the Obama administration to restore the old job title system. Although the petition reached the threshold mark of 100,000 signatures, the White House weighed in and said that it trusted the move by Navy officials to modernize the service.
Navy veteran Dave Weeks created the petition and told the Virginian-Pilot that he found out about the change on Tuesday but that he didn’t really believe it was happening until Richardson’s confirmation Wednesday.
“It was a source of sailors’ identity and everyone thought they kind of lost some of that when they talked about taking that away,” Weeks said.
He continued, “I’m glad that leadership listened to the sailors and, you know, took it to heart and reversed course on it.”
Although this is a big win, as the DC noted it doesn’t necessarily mean that the push to implement gender-neutral titles has been completely vanquished.
Political correctness and social engineering have hurt our country; however, it’s even worse to pull these stunts in the military where they are dealing with life and death situations.
There’s no place for this PC nonsense anywhere, but definitely not in the military. Hopefully the trend toward common sense continues.