President Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but he cannot stand in the path of 241 years of tradition.
Of all the United States armed forces, the Navy has arguably the most tradition, and the Obama administration was more than willing to shred it in 2016. January brought the proposed installation of gender-neutral job titles and with it the loss of such beloved traditions as airman, seaman, yeoman and fireman, according to the Navy Times.
Altogether, 21 job ratings were affected by the “name scrub.” Knowing that the neutralization of these hallowed names would better reflect the current gender makeup of the Navy — women have been permanent members since 1948 — did little to ease the pang of loss.
There’s a win here, however, and it’s HUGE.
In September, the United States Navy announced it would be changing ratings — the Navy’s term for job titles — in an attempt to make sailors’ roles more easily identifiable by civilians and thus make it easier for service members to get jobs after leaving the Navy.
Our politically correct current administration put considerable effort into supporting the initiative.
Sailors would be known not by their job title but by their rank (petty officer or sergeant, for example). One point of opposition was an unwillingness to break from sacred traditions. Another was the claim that the change would only add more confusion when trying to identify sailors on large ships.
Following the announcement, an online petition quickly garnered the 100,000 signatures required to get on President Barack Obama’s desk, The Virginian-Pilot reported. And though the White House backed the change, the public outcry was enough to make the Navy reconsider, according to the Independent Journal Review.
Wednesday morning, Navy Adm. John Richardson made the announcement that the ratings titles would be restored and said the the proposal “was unnecessary and detracted from accomplishing our major goals.”
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