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Navy drops rating titles for all enlisted sailors

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Sailors stationed aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) disembark the ship during its decommissioning ceremony. Vandegrift, one of the last frigates of its class, was decommissioned after 30 years of Naval service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy is ditching the its “outdated” tradition of calling enlisted sailors by titles as a result of an eight-month review to make job titles gender neutral.

Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced in a video the 241-year-old rating system was overhauled – effective immediately — and sailors will no longer be identified by their job title. They will now go by their rank.

“Sailors will no longer be identified by their job title, say, Fire Controlman 1st Class Joe Sailor,” the Navy Times reported as an example. “Instead, that would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.”

The decision comes months after Navy Secretary Ray Mabus directed the Navy and Marines to review the titles after all combat jobs were opened to women, Pilot Online reported. There were dozens of job titles in the Navy and Marines that used the word “man.”

The changes were also made in an effort to ease the transition of military jobs to the civilian workforce.