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