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.
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.