In about face, Navy traditional job title, after objections

In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations allowed John Richardson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.


In a dramatic reversal, the US has announced Navy, said on Wednesday it would complain to dump a plan to eliminate dozens of professional designations for enlisted sailors – some of them with the suffix “man” – according to thousands.

Navy allowed John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said in a statement that the proposed reduction in rating was “unnecessary and detracted from the fulfillment of our most important goals.”

“We have learned from them, and thus all ratings are made immediately name again,” said Richardson.

In September, the Navy had said it would rack up hundreds of years of tradition and follow the practice of other branches of the armed forces, the call, enlisted servicemembers, by their rank, such as petty officer or sergeant. The Navy has long used specific titles such as “corpsman” and “chief yeoman,” the tradition, but to translate it is difficult for the public, or to understand.

The first decision to drop the traditional title and to refer to sailors, which indicated their rank to be a substantial cultural change for the Navy. Efforts to change the title that ended in “man” also have been made in response to the Pentagon the decision, all of the combat jobs for women.

In a memo, Richardson, said that the modernisation of the job reviews, or title, is designed to provide sailors more flexibility in the training and tasks. The change of names is more understandable to the civilian world, Navy leaders argued, would make it easier to get jobs, as soon as the sailors left the service.

But after hearing the angry reactions of the thousands of sailors, Richardson said, Navy leaders believe that they can find a way to a better job-flexibility without losing the title.

The memo was published on Wednesday morning, and Richardson, and Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Giordano, the top Navy enlisted officer in the Pentagon.

Richardson outlined what he said as a “course-correction” in the memo, the Navy will also continue to explore ways to update the name.

“The modernisation of our industrial age personnel system, to the sailors choice and flexibility is still a priority for us,” he said. “We need to name the subject of the management assessment.”

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, urging the original plan, said at the time, he wanted the title, in order to better the work a sailor does.

For example, some civilians, who know, what is a hospital corpsman, Mabus said in June. A corpsman called a doctor or a paramedic could be similar to “messman” was previously a cook an artist, as amended, he added.

Sailors against the decision and launched a White House petition and won some support from Capitol Hill. She said that while she liked the idea of more flexibility, they wanted to keep to their traditional titles.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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