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- The Navy SEALs opened their ranks to women in 2015.
- Recently, the organization revised the language of its ethos and creed to be more gender neutral.
- President Trump said he would overturn the order, calling it “ridiculous.”
President Trump, who famously said "nobody has more respect for women than I do" after the "Access Hollywood" video was released in 2016, said Thursday he would overturn an attempt to make the Navy SEAL official ethos more gender neutral.
I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately! https://t.co/sFIX5Y667v— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020
The changes, reported last week by American Military News, included revising "common man" to "common citizens," "Brave men" to "Brave SEALs" and "Brotherhood" to "group of maritime warriors.”
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“The previous versions of the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare. The changes do not in any way reflect lowering standards of entry, rather they ensure that all those who meet the requirements to train to become a SEAL or SWCC are represented in the ethos or creed they live out. This improves the posture of the NSW force by ensuring we draw from the greatest pool of talent available," Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup told American Military News in an emailed statement.
The SEALs, which were the last remaining male-only force, opened their ranks to women in 2015, and although no woman has yet been selected for a contract, the first woman completed Navy SEAL officer assessment and selection in 2019.
Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was demoted for taking a photograph with a teenager's corpse before Trump reversed the Navy's ruling, shared a photograph of the memo on Instagram, calling it "a joke." The proposed changes in the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were revised to "better reflect our diverse ranks now and into the future," according to the memo signed by Force Master Chief W.A. King and Admiral Colin Green.
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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 • • To be honest I thought the ethos was always BS. Now I know it is. A creed or ethos is supposed to be written in stone, obviously ours is not and will sway to whatever political agenda is being put out #forgmanfriday
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