Airmen say they don’t mind gender-specific title
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 30, 2016
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The Navy may be scuttling “yeoman” and the Marines ditching “infantryman” in favor of “infantry Marine.” For the time being, however, airmen will stay airmen, and many Air Force folks in the ranks think that’s just fine.
In January, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered the service to review job titles and consider eliminating references to “man” in job titles. This week the Marine Corps announced it would remove the “M-Word” from 19 speciality titles in favor of gender-neutral names.
The Air Force has signed on to the Pentagon’s decision to remove barriers to women in formerly male-only combat jobs. But it won’t be reviewing gender-specific job titles. Airman will remain airman, regardless of the servicemember’s gender.
A series of random conversations with Air Force servicemembers at Ramstein Air Base and RAF Lakenheath in Britain found little enthusiasm for changing the hallowed title of “airman.”