Infantryman? Nope, not anymore if the Army’s implementation plan submitted to the Pentagon is approved according to spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson.
As the Army and other branches move toward full female integration, now focus has been put on “gender-specific” combat arms MOS titles and the Army appears to be moving toward eliminating those titles.
Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered the Navy to move away from terms like yeoman, fireman and seaman, and the Marines to begin making plans to make more training co-ed and titles more gender neutral.
The one hold out to this trend? The Air Force. Here’s what they said in a statement to the Air Force Times:
“We will continually review all aspects of our program as we proceed with the full integration of women into all Air Force occupational specialties, however, a job title or rank nomenclature review is not currently underway nor being considered at this time.”
From the Army Times:
As the Army prepares to integrate women into its combat arms jobs, it’s too early to say if titles such as infantryman and armor crewman will give way to more gender-neutral names, officials said.
The Army has submitted its implementation plan to the Defense Department and is waiting for further guidance and approval of or changes to the plan, said Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman.
On Friday, the Air Force said it will not review its gender-specific titles.
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