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The US Marine Corps just eliminated “man” from 19 job titles

Name cards need to be reprinted. (AP/Bruce Smith)
By Selina Cheng
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The United States Marine Corps is making 19 job titles gender neutral. An official announcement about the change is expected to be made in the next few days.

In most cases, the word “man” will be replaced by “Marine.” Titles in which the word does not directly describe the person—like “manpower officer”—will not be changed, reports the Marine Corps Times. Other titles, like “rifleman” and “mortarman” will likely remain unchanged because they ”are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos,” according to an anonymous Marine official quoted by the Times. A total of 33 titles were reviewed and considered for modification.

Here are the job titles that have been changed, according to a list obtained by the Washington Post:

basic infantryman
basic infantry marine
riverine assault craft crewman
riverine assault craft marine
light armor vehicle crewman
light armor vehicle marine
reconnaissance man (PMOS)
reconnaissance marine
recon man parachute qual (NMOS)
recon marine parachute qual (NMOS)
recon man cmbt diver qual (NMOS)
recon marine cmbt diver qual (NMOS)
recon man parachute and combat div
recon marine parachute and combat div
antitank missileman
antitank missile gunner
basic field artillery man
basic field artillery marine
field artillery fire control man
field artillery fire control marine
fld Artillery sensor spt man
fld artillery sensor spt marine
field artillery operations man
field artillery operations chief
fire support man
fire support marine
basic engr, const and equip man
basic engr, const and equip marine
basic tank and aslt amphib crewman
basic tank and aslt amphib marine
M1A1 Tank crewman
armor marine
AAV Crewman (PMOS)
AAV marine
amphib combat veh (ACV) crewman
ACV marine

A USMC spokesperson confirmed the changes to Quartz.

These tweaks come after the US military decided to open all combat jobs for women last year. This June, the US Senate passed a bill with overwhelming majority that will require women to register for the draft. Meanwhile, the Navy is also reviewing several rank titles but has not yet reached a decision.

The number of women in the Marine Corps has been steadily rising since 1995. Women make up about 7% of all Marines, according to 2014 statistics from the Department of Defense. But while the title changes may reflect the changing face of the Marine Corps, they haven’t been received with good grace by all. ”If your feelings are hurt from being called an infantryman, maybe you have no business being one,” commented one disgruntled reader on the Marine Corps Times story.

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