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Navy scraps plan to dump the job titles in the middle of the sailors’ complaints

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

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WASHINGTON – The 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. Three months later, after hearing of the continued complaints and questions from sailors all over the world, Navy leaders to go back to the drawing board.

Adm. John 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. 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 feedback from thousands of sailors, Richardson said Navy leaders believe that they can find a way to offer a better job flexibility without dropping the titles.

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“We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all measurement names are restored,” he said.

The memo will be publicly released at 8 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, and sailors can expect correspondence from Navy leaders.

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 be 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 a June interview. A corpsman could be called a medic or a medical technician, just as a “messman” was previously changed to culinary specialist, he added.

Sailors, however, protested the decision, launching a White House petition and getting support from Capitol Hill. They said that while they liked the idea of more flexibility, they wanted to hold on to their traditional titles.

It is now unclear whether the move to make titles gender neutral.

Richardson says that sailors who want to contribute can e-mail their ideas to: NavyRatingMod.fct@navy.mil

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