The Navy is throwing gender-specific titles overboard.
In an effort to be more inclusive for the female sailors within their ranks, the U.S. Navy has announced that they will make titles and descriptions gender neutral.
The change would alter the more than 20 Navy titles that currently refer to ‘men’ in their name, including “midshipman,” a title that dates back to the 1600s, predating the formation of the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1845.
The Navy decided to drop the gender-specific titles to “ensure they were representative of all sailors and did not discriminate based on gender,” a Navy said in a statement.
A report with alternative title suggestions is due by April 1, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told The Navy Times last week.
The move to make titles in the seafaring force more inclusive comes at a time when women are being integrated into more specialized and previously all-male units.