U.S. Navy Special Warfare Goes Full ‘Gender Neutral’

Apparently anticipating a woman SEAL sometime soon, the U.S. Navy has changed the SEAL ethos and special warfare combatant crewmen (SWCC) creed to remove references to “man” and “brotherhood.” Some of the changes make sense, others seem silly, or could have been made better.

But gender-neutral is now the new normal in the Navy special warfare community.

In the SEAL ethos “man” was changed in some places to “citizen,” in others to “warrior,” and “men” changed to “SEAL.” Pronouns like “he” was also changed to “they.” These at least make sense.

In the SWCC creed, though, “brotherhood” was changed to the cumbersome and silly-sounding “group of maritime warriors.”

This sounds a lot like Robin Hood’s “band of merry men” to me. Wouldn’t replacing “brotherhood” with “family” have been simpler and more appropriate?

While the Navy has not had a female SEAL or special warfare combatant crewman, Military.com reported a Navy official confirmed that “three enlisted women were at ‘various stages’ of the 37-week training pipeline for special warfare combatant crewmen.”

Only a very few women have attempted Navy special warfare training since restrictions on women in ground combat were lifted in 2016. As Military.com notes, both “specialties require months of physically and mentally-demanding training at the naval special warfare center in Coronado, California.”

Retired SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was pardoned by President Trump of one conviction for taking an inappropriate photo with an enemy fighter corpse, and acquitted of all other charges, blasted the changes in an Instagram post Friday.

“What a joke. Note the names that signed off at the bottom. Adm. Colin Green (part of the hierarchy that tried to use the system to put me away)~ let’s remove all male pronouns & BROTHERHOOD from the SEAL ethos,” Gallagher wrote.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare told American Military News that the changes were made to comply with changes in the law allowing women to serve in the SEALs and SWCC.

Stroup added that “Naval Special Warfare continues to deliberately develop a culture of tactical and ethical excellence that reflects the nation we represent, and that draws upon the talents of the all-volunteer force who meet the standards of qualification as a SEAL or SWCC.”

However, the big question remains – when will the Navy change the term special warfare combatant “crewmen” to special warfare combatant crew “people?”

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Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Rudy
Rudy
3 months ago

A seal is a warrior, use either term and leave sex out of it.

SconsinPatriot
SconsinPatriot
3 months ago

Makes me puke.

Jeff Warren
3 months ago
Reply to  SconsinPatriot

me too

Marine one82
3 months ago

Amen. No place to be politically correct (wrong) when we are talking about lives of all our warriors. This is bs but my Corps is now doing it w pi. When are we going to grown up?

Kathe
Kathe
3 months ago

Ya don’t have to say ‘people’ as Warrior is just fine, actually, perfect.

Ronald Richards
Ronald Richards
3 months ago

Why just limit it to human gender? How about we be inclusive with all the other species that we share this wonderful planet with

JohnS
JohnS
3 months ago

As a Vietnam Marine Corps veteran I sure am going to miss the new uniform.

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Steven Pike
Steven Pike
3 months ago

“Apparently anticipating a woman SEAL sometime soon, the U.S. Navy has changed the SEAL ethos and special warfare combatant crewmen (SWCC) creed to remove references to “man” and “brotherhood.” Translation? A female soon will make it through SEAL training. Why? Probably because she is a female. Hope not, but it surely sounds like it. I am getting worried about our PC military inclinations.

RangerEDGE5@yahoo.com
RangerEDGE5@yahoo.com
3 months ago

Why is anyone surprised by this? it’s no wonder why other countries are not afraid of us. They know we are weakening our military by the second. I hope everyone is happy.

ROBERT
3 months ago

ONE DOESN’T AWAIT FOR APPROVAL. ONE AWAITS APPROVAL. WHOSE APP5ROVAL IS IT ANYWAY? SOME SNOT NOSED MILLENIAL? PROBABLY THE SAME COMMITTEE AS THE PCERS WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH GENDER IN THE FIRST PLACE. BLESS THEIR HEARTS!


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