Marine Corps officials ask to keep ‘man’ in some occupation titles

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Some position titles in the military will no longer have the word, "man," in them, but top officials are fighting to keep "man" in some of their iconic occupations, according to the Marine Corps Times.

A Marine Corps official, who wished to remain anonymous, said terms like "rifleman" and "mortarman," remained untouched out of the 19 occupations they plan to rename.

"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."

In most cases, the word "man" will be replaced by Marine. Those changes are as follows, according to Marine Corps Times: 

  • Basic infantry Marine
  • Riverine assault craft Marine
  • Light-armor vehicle Marine
  • Reconnaissance Marine (to include three other recon-related jobs that include the word "man")
  • Infantry assault Marine
  • Basic field artillery Marine
  • Field artillery fire control Marine
  • Field artillery sensor support Marine
  • Fire support Marine
  • Basic engineer, construction and equipment Marine
  • Basic tank and assault amphibious vehicle Marine
  • Armor Marine
  • Amphibious assault vehicle Marine
  • Amphibious combat vehicle Marine

According to the Marine Corps Times, other names — like manpower officer or vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle specialist — will stay the same because, "the word ‘man’ because it’s part of a word that doesn’t describe the Marine doing the job."

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