Donald Trump’s election is already resonating within the military and not a moment too soon. The Chief of Naval Operations (aka CNO) announced yesterday that the Navy would continue to uphold the tradition of addressing sailors that it had planned to jettison.

Here is the original announcement:

After more than 200 years, the Navy is making a fundamental change in how it will address its enlisted sailors, according to a notification on the new policy obtained by USNI News.

Starting today, the service will shelve the rating system it adopted from the U.K. Royal Navy, stop referring to sailors by their job titles and adopt a job classification in line with the Army, Marine Corps and the Air Force.

For example, under the new rules The Hunt for Red October character Sonar Technician Second Class Ronald “Jonesy” Jones – ST2 Jones for short – would be Petty Officer Second Class Jones or Petty Officer Jones. Machinist’s Mate First Class Jake Holman – MM1 Holman– from the novel and film The Sand Pebbles would be Petty Officer First Class Holman or Petty Officer Holman.

The change comes as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has pushed the Department of the Navy to create gender-neutral titles for positions like rifleman and motorman.

Now that Trump has been elected, the CNO decided to channel Gilda Radnor’s character, Emily Litella (i.e., “Never Mind”):

The Navy is performing a brisk about-face on a controversial plan that shelved ratings titles for enlisted sailors, according to a message Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson that was set for release on Wednesday morning but was leaked on social media on Tuesday night.

The NAVADMIN message cancels a late September decision in which service leadership announced it would no longer address sailors by their rating – a more than 200-year-old tradition in which enlisted were known by their job title – and instead refer to enlisted sailors with the generic titles of Seaman (E-1 to E-3) or Petty Officer (E-4 to E-6).

But the politically correct stupidity in the Navy continues on other fronts. Remember the announcement last summer that the Secretary of the Navy thought it a swell idea to name a US ship after Harvey Milk?

The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.

The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

Really? We want the Navy to celebrate homosexuality? I realize that sodomy has been one of the unspoken traditions of the US Navy. At least that’s what Winston Churchill is alleged to have quipped:

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

I guarantee you that the sailors ultimately assigned to the USS Harvey Milk will be derisively referred to as the “Butt Pirates.” I don’t know why the so-called progressives are so hell bent on pretending that there are no significant differences between men and women and to promote sexual practices of a minority when it comes to national security. While it is one thing to honor Harvey Milk with a building or a street in San Francisco, he did nothing in his life so heroic as to justify naming a war ship for him. It is this kind of mindless pandering that most sane Americans do not understand and do not embrace.

What do you think?


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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.