The sailors spoke out, and the Navy listened.  Effective immediately, sailors may be addressed by their rating, as the Navy rolls back their new “modernized” rating system.

The Washington Free Beacon reports – The U.S. Navy has decided to restore sailors’ traditional rating titles after severe public backlash to the service’s new “modernized” rating system.

The Navy made the decision to restore the job titles effective immediately after service leaders received feedback from thousands of current and former sailors, according to an official announcement Wednesday morning.

Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, confirmed the rating restoration late Tuesday after a draft of the planned announcement began circulating on social media.

“Our Navy needs to be a fast-learning organization–that includes Navy leadership,” Richardson wrote in an announcement Wednesday. “The Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority states that our most junior teammate may have the best idea and that we must be open to capturing that idea. We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored.”

The Navy announced in late September that it would eliminate its 91 enlisted ratings titles, instead subjecting sailors to job classification like the Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The decision, part of the Navy’s effort to “modernize” the 240-year-old enlisted rating system, was couched by leaders as a way to give sailors more flexibility in training while in the service and also in the workforce after they transition out of the military.

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