U.S. Marines Enter 21st Century

This is still a rifleman.

The U.S. Marines is following orders.  U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Marines to start making titles more female friendly, i.e,, more genderless.  This is especially important as the first female has signed up for the Marines as an Infantry trooper.

Some people will no doubt lambast this as political correctness gone awry. “What difference does a word make?” As I’ve been a journalist, an investigator, and have some very basic training in psychology, I can tell you it makes a world of difference. All of these professions are trained to listen very carefully to the exact wording a person uses.  The precise choice of words is key to understanding a person’s thinking–especially those things that they’re hiding from you or from themselves.

I still struggle after all these years of knowing nurses that were men, even being friends with one and acting with another, to think of one as a nurse and not as a “male nurse.”  Younger people who grew up hearing nurses of both sexes called “nurses” likely don’t have that problem.

See terms that are changing (and those that aren’t, such as “rifleman”), here.

Link is at http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/06/28/marines-keep-rifleman-rolling-out-gender-neutral-job-titles.html

Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for providing the link and suggesting a form of the title.

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11 Responses to U.S. Marines Enter 21st Century

  1. Miley Spears says:

    What people are called is very important. Wars have been started because of words. I don’t like the military, but at least they’re starting to catch up.

  2. Amos Andy says:

    I think the whole thing is stupid. Who’s going to psychoanalyze the marines for what they call their solders?

    • They don’t have to be psychoanalyzed. What people say makes a difference in how they think. If you say waitress don’t you think of a woman? But if you say server it could be a woman or a man. It makes a difference!

  3. Pet Girl says:

    I wouldn’t want to be called Pet Man! 😉

  4. I wish they hadn’t kept rifleman but it’s a start!

  5. Christian Andy says:

    I do not see this as an improvement. Only women can have babies so they should not be in combat.

    • TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

      It would be wonderful if no one was in combat.

  6. Vernon Avaritt III says:

    That would be better if you had Rifleperson rather than Rifleman. I wouldn’t trust China to treat Americans nice so we do need a military

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