The Royal Canadian Navy has renamed its junior ranks to better reflect what its commander called the “ever-evolving international and domestic contexts in which we live and operate.”
As part of that effort, the navy has dispensed with its ‘Seaman’ ranks, renaming them the gender-neutral ‘Sailor.’
Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, the navy commander, said the service’s public consultations on the proposed change collected almost 18,000 opinions from serving, veteran and civilian respondents, more than 75 per cent of whom supported the move.
“I was especially appreciative of the overwhelming participation by the junior ranks who will be most impacted,” McDonald wrote in an open letter.
The initiative, he added, prompted “frank and passionate” discussion online and in offices, shops and mess...