The Obama administration tried their best to feminize all branches of the military. Thankfully, some of the branches are learning are idiotic that really is. Not too long ago, the Navy made a big deal out of creating gender neutral position titles.
Many current and retired sailors, as well as many in the general population, openly shared how stupid they thought that move was. As a result, the Navy reversed their decision and went back to the traditional way of referring to their personnel. This is from USNI News:
We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored,” [Navy Adm.] Richardson wrote in the message. The feedback from current and former sailors has been consistent that there is wide support for the flexibility that the plan offers, but the removal of rating titles detracted from accomplishing our major goals.
Sailors were upset at what they felt was an unnecessary and politically correct culture change, especially because the old ratings system makes the Navy distinct from other services and fosters a sense of pride and preserves a 241-year tradition.
The original effort to change the job title system was pioneered by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, in order to make job titles more welcoming to women, who are now able to access all combat roles as of last December. The Navy announced the new job title system in late September, much to the dismay of a sizable number of sailors. That frustration erupted in the form of a White House petition urging the Obama administration to restore the old job title system. Although the petition reached the threshold mark of 100,000 signatures, the White House weighed in and said that it trusted the move by Navy officials to modernize the service.
Good for the Navy for using some common sense. Let’s hope another President doesn’t bully them into this nonsense ever again.