In the military, one maxim rings true across generations — privates are stupid. They make dumb decisions, with hilarious consequences. I know it’s hard to admit, look, I’ll go first. At MOS school as a young Marine, I called an Army command sergeant major, “sergeant,” because I was a dumb boot and thought that’s what you called everyone in the Army E-5 and above.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders

The Marine Corps is about to alter the job titles for thousands of Marines to be more gender-neutral. Though “man” will still remain in some of its most iconic occupations like “rifleman” and “mortarman,” 19 of its military occupational specialties are expected to be changed after a review by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater

When separating from the military, it can be daunting to find employment that directly correlates to your military occupational specialty. But you don’t have to be limited by your MOS.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Hirepurpose’s Career Compass, a virtual library of the advice, guidance, and tips you need to find success in your civilian career.

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