Will it be the end of “sir” and “ma’am”? (Lance Cpl. Dakota Dodd/Marine Corps)  

Marine Times: Why the Marine Corps may nix gender identifiers for drill instructors 

A new academic report on efforts to integrate Marine Corps boot camp recommends dropping gender-specific salutations for drill instructors, but service leaders are not convinced they want to take that step. 

The lengthy report, commissioned by the Corps from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020 and completed in 2022, points out that half of the military services already have done away with gendered identifiers for training staff. 

“The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard effectively de-emphasize gender in an integrated environment,” the report states. “Instead of saying ‘ma’am’ or ‘sir,’ recruits in these Services refer to their drill instructors using their ranks or roles followed by their last names. Gendered identifiers prime recruits to think about or visually search for a drill instructor’s gender first, before their rank or role.”  

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WNU Editor: This is not your grandfather’s military. 

US Marine Corps Considering Dropping ‘Yes Sir’ And ‘Yes Ma’am’ For Gender Equity  

Marines told to stop using ‘sir,’ ‘ma’am’ to avoid ‘misgendering’ superiors — NYPost

Marine Corps may drop ‘ma’am’ and ‘sir’ over gender-neutral concerns for drill instructors — American Military News

Marine Corps may drop ‘yes sir’ for gender equity — RT