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Marine Corps Is Taking 'Man' Out of 19 Job Titles to Create Gender-Neutral Names

Marine Corps Is Taking 'Man' Out of 19 Job Titles to Create Gender-Neutral Names

Erik Ortiz | NBC News

Nearly six months after the Pentagon opened all military combat roles to women, the Marine Corps is making the change official in name — doing away with the word "man" in nearly two dozen job titles, NBC News confirmed.

The Marines in the next few days will announce gender-neutral name changes to 19 roles — a move ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the Marine Corps Times first reported.

The word "man" will be replaced with "Marine."

But an official told the Marine Corps Times the names of several so-called military occupational specialties, or MOSs, will not be changed following the months-long review.

"Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos," the official told the publication. "Things that were changed needed to be updated to align with other MOS names."

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