Navy backs off plan to re­name jobs with gen­der-neu­tral terms

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

A con­tro­ver­sial move by the Navy to over­haul its job ti­tles sys­tem with sex-neu­tral al­ter­na­tives has been re­versed after three months.

The Navy tor­pe­doed 91 job ti­tles like “air­man” and “fire­man” in late Septem­ber in fa­vor of Navy Oc­cu­pa­tional Spe­cial­ties (NOS), but harsh feed­back prompted an ad­min­is­tra­tive U-turn. The change is “ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” Adm. John Richard­son, the chief of naval op­er­a­tions, said in a mes­sage ob­tained by the Navy Times.

“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 ad­mi­ral wrote.

The Navy’s orig­i­nal plan, which came after Navy Sec­re­tary Ray Mabus pushed mil­i­tary of­fi­cials to find ways of creat­ing gen­der-neu­tral ti­tles, was seen as a way of mak­ing ser­vice mem­bers more em­ploy­able post-ser­vice.

An East Coast com­mand mas­ter chief who spoke to the Navy Times on the con­di­tion of anonymity said per­son­nel were thrilled with the de­ci­sion.

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