Navy SEALS changes creed to be gender-neutral, removes "brotherhood," other gendered language

by Jenny Mount · Sep 29th, 2020 2:28 pm
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Last Updated Oct 1st, 2020 at 6:46 am

U.S. Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) have recently changed their ethos and creed to be gender-neutral, removing gendered words like "brotherhood."

According to Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup in an emailed statement to American Military News, one of the changes to the SEAL ethos is an altered sentence that says, "Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed" instead of the original, "A common man with uncommon desire to succeed."

"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," Stroup said. "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."

Other changes includes altering the phrase "I am that man" to "I am that warrior" and "brave men" to "brave SEALS."

On Instagram on Friday, retired SEAL Eddie Gallagher, shared a screenshot showing a memo in which the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, signed off on the changes.

The changes were made "to better reflect our ranks now and into the future," Green said.


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