FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Navy is the demolition of the decision to eliminate dozens of recruited seafarers’ job titles, including many that end in “man,” after the hit of an attack by the opposition of the power. The decision to drop long-held traditional titles and instead refer to sailors by their rank, it was announced in September and meant a sharp cultural shift for the Navy. Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a memo that the modernisation of the task of the valuation and titles was designed to give sailors more flexibility in the courses and assignments. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
WASHINGTON – In the Navy, a corpsman still a corpsman.
Marine leaders are the dumping of a plan announced in September to eliminate dozens of enlisted sailors job titles, some end in “man.” She said the sailors’ anger about the changes was a distraction and they search other ways to the modernisation of the system.
“The bottom line is, we go to the preservation of all that is good, we are going to throw all the distractions overboard and we go on, stay on course,” Navy Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told sailors gathered at the Pentagon on Wednesday. “You showed us the way forward. … Thank you for teaching us that lesson.”
The decision to drop long-held traditional titles and instead refer to sailors by their rank had identified a sharp cultural shift for the Navy. Efforts to change titles that ended in “man” in response to the Pentagon decision to open all combat jobs for women.
In a memo, Richardson said that the modernisation of the task of the valuation and titles was designed to give sailors more flexibility in the courses and assignments. Switch to names more understandable to the civilian world, the Navy leaders argued, would make it easier to get jobs as sailors of the service.
But after hearing from angry reactions of thousands of sailors, Richardson said Navy leaders believe that they can find a way to offer a better job flexibility without dropping the titles.
The memo was released Wednesday morning, and Richardson, and Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Giordano, the top Navy enlisted officer, has announced that it is in the Pentagon.
Giordano said the focus on titles was a distraction from “our missions, our activities, our warfare efforts.”
Richardson outlined what he called a “correction” in the memo, say the Navy will continue to review ways to update the names.
The “modernisation of our industrial-age personnel system to care for sailors choice and flexibility remains a priority for us,” he said. “We need to address the issue of management of measurement names.”
The Navy called for a survey of the titles in January, shortly after the Pentagon ordered that all combat jobs should open to women. The idea was to eliminate titles such as “chief yeoman,” “corpsman” or “bosun’s mate” — titles steeped in tradition, but difficult for the audience to translate or to understand.
On the basis of the plan, sailors would have been known by their ranks such as petty officer or chief. And job titles would be made more gender-neutral.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who pushed the plan, said at the time that he wanted the titles to better convey the work of a sailor is doing.
For example, what citizens know what a hospital corpsman does, Mabus said in June. A corpsman could be called a medic or a medical technician, just as a “messman” was previously changed to culinary specialist, he added.
Sailors against the decision launched a White House petition and got some support from Capitol Hill. They said that while they liked the idea of more flexibility, they wanted to hold on to their traditional titles.