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

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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 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
1 year ago

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

SconsinPatriot
SconsinPatriot
1 year ago

Makes me puke.

Jeff Warren
1 year ago
Reply to  SconsinPatriot

me too

Marine one82
1 year 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?

Sug
Sug
1 year ago

I am a woMAN! And I don’t give a damn if the word MAN is used – mankind, man made, etc; it’s petty and whiny and I will not be a whiny woman. Funny how some feminists want to be equal but WHINE when their wish is granted – like registering for the draft! Did the Navy for 22 years and so sick of women using their gender to get out of “equality” , like ship duty. Oh the excuses they come up with to get out of assignment to a ship! There is no comparison between women and men – men are physically stronger while women have their own kind of strength – pain endurance, both physical and emotional is one of those. All of the services are weakening military might because of the kowtowing to spoiled rotten , immature little brats coming out of the high schools and colleges now. Wonder what these same women will do when Islam takes over and women and gays must submit and lose all freedoms. They do take for granted now. It’s coming with this new generation of cry babies coming into adulthood. Ha, adults who continue to cry and whine like 4 year olds!!

Jeff Warren
1 year ago

They will probably be forced to lower physical requirements for women like the rest of the services have been forced to do. If you can’t pass the same standard as a man, I would not want you in the foxhole next to me! What if a soldier gets wounded and the women is not strong enough to drag them to safety? This politically correct bs is for the birds. We can thank generals promoted by Obama that are still screwing up the military!

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Warren
Kathe
Kathe
1 year ago

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

Ronald Richards
Ronald Richards
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

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Steven Pike
Steven Pike
1 year 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.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
1 year ago

Enough of the stupidity and nonsense!! Navy seals need to be men. Period. They are warriors who engage in combat to win wars not to advance their careers. The men need the bonding of brotherhood to take care of each other and carry out their missions professionally and successfully. Throwing a woman into the mix will break up the brotherhood bond which is essential many times for their survival in critical circumstances, will expose them to fornication and infidelity, plus of course they will have to lower the standards. A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE HERE. The branch requires of the SUPERIOR physical abilities and constitution of men to carry out their work. Seals, who are used to fight and risk their lives in combat, should exhibit the same bravery and stand up to this nonsense at home. Go ahead call me misogynist and sexist, I am a Mexican immigrant and a woman.

RangerEDGE5@yahoo.com
RangerEDGE5@yahoo.com
1 year 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.

Gregory J Kuhl
Gregory J Kuhl
1 year ago

The esprit decor and discipline in the American military has been going down the tubes since political correctness turned barracks “coed”, (circa 1980). No more “spit and polish” inspections of barracks, as cleaning contractors now clean everything! Nothing against women, I love many of them, ie: My grandmother, mother, sister, daughters etc. But, as tough as they may be for women, they are NOT physically/psychologically on a par with men for combat. The Seals will “have” to lower the bar for the women to pass the almost impossible tests, (with only maybe an occasional exception), inevitably putting everyone else at risk. Quote: ” Without todays technology, Rommel’s Africa Corps could chew up our new volunteer Army in two weeks”; G. Gordon Liddy. I now agree. Gregory J. Kuhl (USAF 1971-1975)

ROBERT
1 year 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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