The Navy formally announced its decision to bring back its 241-year-old job ratings on Dec. 21, amid complaints from current and former sailors.
Following the reversal of the unpopular decision, Sen. John McCain, himself a decorated naval aviator and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee slammed the original decision to drop the Navy’s ratings an example of “pointless policy tinkering,”
In a statement McCain took a swipe at Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, saying:
“Revoking these titles, many of which have been a part of the Navy’s identity for centuries, defied basic common sense and distracted from the real challenges confronting the men and women serving in our Navy.”
The branch’s review of its ratings began earlier this year at the behest of Mabus, who ordered the Navy and Marine Corps to ensure their job titles were gender-neutral, following the opening of previously closed career fields to women. The decision prompted criticism from service members who saw tradition taking a back seat to political correctness, a sentiment expressed by McCain in his sentiment.
“Unfortunately this was not an isolated incident of pointless policy tinkering,” he stated. “A number of other recent policy changes also appear to have been made with shallow analysis and unnecessary urgency.”
Before he reversed the decision, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson acknowledged that senior Navy leaders, himself included, misjudged how sailors would react to the decision.
"I underestimated how fiercely loyal people were to their rating,” Richardson said, according to Navy Times. “I've gotten a fair amount of feedback on that.”
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
In his seven months as legislative assistant to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling proved to be an abusive, bullying boss, who openly disparaged women, ruled through intimidation, and attempted to spread a rumor about a female officer after the Senate complained about him to the defense secretary, according to a Defense Department's Inspector General's Office investigation.
"The adjectives a majority of witnesses used to describe his leadership were abusive, bullying, toxic, abrasive, and aggressive,"a DoD IG report on the investigation into Cooling's conduct found. "Some subordinates considered him an 'equal opportunity offender,' disparaging men and women. BGen Cooling denied making some of the comments attributed to him, but more than one witness told us they heard him make each of the comments described in this section of our report."