COURSE CORRECTION: NAVY TITLES RESTORED
It is a teachable moment: The U.S. military is fierce and protective about its heritage. Three months ago the Navy announced it would jettison 21 long-standing “ratings” titles in the name of gender-neutral modernity. Such traditional names as “fireman,” “corpsman” and even “seaman” were about to disappear until a whole fleet of authentic sailors sounded the alarm.
The politically correct change did not sit well with active-duty personnel and veterans alike, who petitioned the White House to protect the old titles. They advised that “being known by your job title” was a source of pride, and that the sudden cultural shift had sparked “disgust and outrage” among many seagoing stalwarts. Over 100,000 quickly signed the proclamation.
There’s been a change of heart.
In a terse announcement made public shortly before Christmas, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson revealed that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and other officials had heard from thousands of disgruntled folk about the new directive.
“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. Furthermore, there has been a solid body of thoughtful input that pointed out that there is a way to have the benefits of the rating modernization program without removing rating titles,” the admiral noted.
“I have been adamant that our Navy needs to be a fast-learning organization — that includes our leadership. The Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority states that our most junior teammate may have the best idea, and that we must be open to capturing that idea. We have learned from you, and so, effective immediately, all rating names are restored.”
But there’s one more name up for consideration. A new public petition has surfaced over at the White House “We the People” website, designated as a place to air public grievances. It’s a short missive, only 28 words: “The next major U.S. Navy Ship should be named ‘USS The Deplorables’ — to honor those citizens who rose up to defend America and The Constitution from the globalists.”
Active-duty and veteran sailers petitioned the White House to restore ranks like “seaman” and “corpsman” after the Navy decreed it was jettisoning them in favor of more gender-neutral titles.