Tough combat soldiers protected from micro-aggressions


Women tough enough to complete and pass marine combat training are not going to be precious, safe, space-needing cupcakes who see ordinary language as micro-aggressions. Despite this the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, has decided to change military titles to gender neutral ones to make women soldiers feel included.

You know what makes a female soldier feel included? It is being treated as an equal and as part of a team. When I completed my basic training as a signalman I was treated exactly like the men apart from one thing and when I complained about it I was punished, just like the guys, for having a smart mouth. I will never forget the press ups I was made to do on a gravel road because I said that I wanted an SLR not an M16. I thought it was sexist to issue the women with M16s and give the men SLRs. What wasn’t sexist was how I was treated. I was punished the same as a man, and I had to carry the same pack and run the same distance and climb the same wall. I had to carry another soldier in a fireman’s carry the same distance that same soldier had to carry me. I will never forget his howls of pain as he complained about my bony little shoulder digging into his crotch. I told him to shut up as he had just been shot and I was carrying him to safety. Ahhhh such fond memories…..

After months of deliberation, the Marine Corps has decided to remove the word “man” from 19 job titles, in an effort to make the service more inclusive now that all combat roles are open to women.

The review, mandated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in January, will soon wrap-up and post the changes publicly in several days, according to an anonymous Marine official who spoke with Marine Corps Times.

Although many old titles will no longer exist, as they’ll be made gender neutral, some iconic titles still remain, such as “rifleman” and “mortar man.” This is unlikely to satisfy many Marines, who believe that political correctness has gone completely out of control.

“Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos,” the official said. “Things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names.”

The service took numerous job titles and substituted the word “man” for “Marine,” as in the case of “basic infantry Marine” and “basic field artillery Marine.” The man in the military occupational specialty of “anti-tank missileman” will be substituted for “gunner.”

Mabus’ review order came a month after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter mandated that the services open up all combat roles to women—no exceptions. Carter brushed off the exemption request from the Marine Corps to keep some jobs male-only.

“As we achieve full integration of the force … this is an opportunity to update the position titles and descriptions themselves to demonstrate through this language that women are included in these MOSs,” Mabus wrote to Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller in January. “Please review the position titles throughout the Marine Corps and ensure that they are gender-integrated as well, removing ‘man’ from the titles.”

As part of the integration effort, all Marines must also undergo unconscious bias training before women enter combat roles.In response to Carter’s mandate, the Marine Corps has adopted a new set of combat test standards, which have resulted in 85 percent of women, or six out of seven, flunking right out.


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