As the Army prepares to integrate women into its combat arms jobs, it’s too early to say if titles such as infantryman and armor crewman will give way to more gender-neutral names, officials said.
The Army has submitted its implementation plan to the Defense Department and is waiting for further guidance and approval of or changes to the plan, said Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman.
On Friday, the Air Force said it will not review its gender-specific titles.
“We will continually review all aspects of our program as we proceed with the full integration of women into all Air Force occupational specialties, however, a job title or rank nomenclature review is not currently underway nor being considered at this time,” the service said in an e-mail to Air Force Times, a sister publication of Army Times.
The Navy and Marine Corps, however, may see some changes down the road.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered the Navy to review all of its job titles and consider removing references to “man” from titles such as yeoman, fireman and seaman.
Mabus also ordered the Marine Corps to come up with a plan to make its enlisted entry-level training coed and make its job titles more gender-neutral.
These moves come as the services prepare to integrate women into previously-closed military occupational specialties.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December announced his decision to lift all gender-based restrictions on military service starting in January, paving the way for women to serve in previously all-male specialties.
The services were to submit their implementation plans to a Defense Department working group led by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The working group will review and discuss the plans before they are approved.
Carter’s decision opens nearly 220,000 jobs across the military — that’s about 10 percent of the force — to women.