Navy Sinks Enlisted Rating Titles
The U.S. Navy is eliminating its complex ratings system to make sailors’ jobs more understandable and allow them to more easily transfer occupations. The move, which allows sailors to be addressed by rank, such as seaman, petty officer and chief, aligns the service with the other three military branches. They all address troops by rank instead of job specialty. The huge shift was approved by Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. The change in protocol began with a directive from Mabus, to find gender-neutral rating titles that stripped them of the word “man.” The directive was an effort to be more inclusive to women sailors, who make up an increasing size of the force.