Navy considering removing “man” from job titles

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 12:06:20-05

Norfolk, Va. – The Navy is reportedly reviewing job titles that contain the word “man” — like seaman and fireman, in order to make changes that would make the jobs appear more gender friendly, according to a report from the Navy Times.

The move comes from Secretary Ray Mabus as the Navy works to move more women into combat and special operations fields.

There are 21 job titles that include the word “man.” Aviation has the most to review, with five of their 12 enlisted rating descriptions ending with “man.” Surface engineering includes eight.

“Lastly, 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 positions,” Mabus wrote to CNO Adm. John Richardson, according to sources who quoted directly from the letter. “Ensure they are gender-integrated as well, removing “man” from their titles, and provide a report to me as soon as is practicable and no later than April 1, 2016.”

A similar memo was sent to the Marine Corps commandant asking for the same review, according to the Navy Times report.

The Navy has 21 rating designations that could get changed as a result of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ mandated review of job descriptions.

Apprentice, non-rate designations:

  • Airman
  • Constructionman
  • Fireman
  • Hospitalman
  • Seaman

General and compression Ratings:


  • Yeoman
  • Legalman


  • Aircrew Survival Equipmentman
  • Aviation Ordnanceman
  • Aviation Support Equipmentman
  • Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
  • Master Chief Constructionman

Surface Engineering

  • Damage Controlman
  • Engineman
  • Machinery Repairman


  • Utilitiesman
  • Master/Senior Chief Constructionman

Surface Warfare/Ops

  • Fire Controlman
  • Mineman


  • Hospital Corpsman


  • Ships Serviceman