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Navy drops job titles in push for gender neutrality

Military | Abandoning the time-honored tradition avoids need for dozens of new descriptions
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/06/16, 11:54 am

In a decision the Navy Times called “a tectonic shift in the Navy’s personnel system,” the service last week abandoned the time-honored tradition of referring to enlisted sailors by their rating, or job title, as well as their rank.

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Pentagon plans $108 billion in nuclear upgrades

Military | The U.S. deterrent system is older than most of the service members who operate it
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/29/16, 01:02 pm

America’s nuclear arsenal is getting long in the tooth. The mainstay of the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear-capable bomber fleet, the B-52, first flew in the early 1950s. Four hundred Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, designed in the early 1960s, sit in aging and decaying silos. And the youngest nuclear weapon platform, the Ohio-class submarine, was first commissioned in 1981—before many of the sailors operating it were born.

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Navy ready to train sailors on transgender acceptance

Transgenderism | Critics liken policy enforcement to indoctrinating a captive audience, which includes service members’ children
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/21/16, 11:36 am

The U.S. Navy has announced its plan for training all personnel on the Pentagon’s new policy allowing transgender service members to serve openly. 

The announcement, delivered by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, outlines the service’s strategy to prepare both senior leaders and rank-and-file sailors for the changes, according to

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the all-Navy message stated.

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