The Marine Corps will begin using gender-neutral titles for 19 of its jobs starting Oct. 1, and some of the courses leathernecks take to earn those titles will also be updated.
While terms like "rifleman" and "mortarman," which are enshrined in Marine Corps lore, are remaining untouched, several courses that Marines must take for their MOSs are losing the word "man," according to a service-wide administrative message released Thursday.
The Advanced Infantryman and Infantry Assaultman courses will be renamed Advanced Infantry Marine and Infantry Assault Marine courses respectively, MARADMIN 443/16 states. The names of other courses will be changed from "repairman" to "repair Marine."
As Marine Corps Times first reported on June 27, the changes to the names of 19 MOSs are as follows:
0300 Basic infantry Marine
0312 Riverine assault craft Marine
0313 Light armor vehicle Marine
0321 Reconnaissance Marine
0323 Reconnaissance Marine parachute qualified
0324 Reconnaissance Marine, combatant diver qualified
0326 Reconnaissance Marine, parachute and combatant diver qualified
0351 Infantry assault Marine
0352 Antitank missile gunner
0800 Basic field artillery Marine
0844 Field artillery fire control Marine
0847 Field artillery sensor support Marine
0848 Field artillery operations chief
0861 Fire support Marine
1300 Basic engineer, construction and equipment Marine
1800 Basic tank and assault amphibious Marine
1812 Armor Marine
1833 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Marine
1834 Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Marine
In January, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered the Marine Corps and Navy to review its job to reflect the fact that all MOSs had been opened to women.
"Please review the position titles throughout the Marine Corps and ensure that they are gender-integrated as well, removing 'man' from the titles," Mabus wrote in an order to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
After reviewing the names of 33 MOSs that include the word "man," the Marine Corps decided to keep some names with historical significance, such as "rifleman."