In a possible move toward politically correct gender-neutrality, U.S. military branches are considering whether to remove “man” from service members’ titles such as midshipman.
There are a lot of suggestions going around: Midship-people? Midship-person… Midship-mate?
If they are going to remove “man” from all titles, what will they come up with for yeoman, fireman and seaman?
With the transgender movement in full swing, some call the move long overdue while others argue that there are bigger issues the military should be focusing on at the moment.
The Army Times reported:
The Army has submitted its implementation plan to the Defense Department and is waiting for further guidance and approval of or changes to the plan, said Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman.
The Navy and Marine Corps, however, may see some changes down the road.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered the Navy to review all of its job titles and consider removing references to “man” from titles such as yeoman, fireman and seaman.
Mabus also ordered the Marine Corps to come up with a plan to make its enlisted entry-level training coed and make its job titles more gender-neutral.
The term “midshipman” has been used since the 1600’s, long predating the academy, which opened in 1845. The word originally referred to those who worked or slept in a specific area of a ship: amidships. It later came to be associated with officers in training..