Canadian Navy: Help us rename “seamen” before this United Nations event

Canadian Navy: Help us rename “seamen” before this United Nations event

The Royal Canadian Navy has opened submissions to replace the designation “seamen” after a focus group approved acceptable terminology using the same Gender Based Analysis+ currently arresting the development of Canada's national energy industry.

You can read our original report published in May on the proposed switch to “gender-neutral terms” based on an interview with True North here.

Starting today, the Canadian Armed Forces will be soliciting feedback from current members as well as “retired members, stakeholders and interested Canadians” to participating in voting on a replacement option.

No “Seamen,” But “Master Sailor” OK?

In a press release, the CAF describes the ballot options, including a chance to suggest a new name:

The engagement period will run from July 17th, through to the end of the month, July 31st.

Options for consideration include:

  • Replacing “Seaman” with “Sailor” meaning ranks would be Ordinary Sailor, Able Sailor, Leading Sailor and Master Sailor and would maintain their current abbreviated titles (OS, AB, LS and MS); and
  • Sailor classes such as Sailor 3rd Class (S3), Sailor 2nd Class (S2), Sailor 1st Class (S1) and Master Sailor (MS).

There will also be an open feedback field which will allow respondents to suggest alternative options for consideration.

Over the last few weeks, the word "master" has been dropped by organizations from computer programming languages to realty firms

Influenced By United Nations

The final decision will be announced this fall to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which “affirms that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of violent conflict” and “specifically addresses how women are girls are differentially impacted by conflict and war.”