Trump slams Navy SEAL orders to use gender-neutral language, calls it 'ridiculous'

  • President Donald Trump proclaimed that he would reverse the US Navy's decision to change its creed to include gender-neutral language.
  • "I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately," Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.
  • The change would have altered portions of the creed from "a common man with uncommon desire to succeed" to "common citizens with uncommon desire."
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President Donald Trump proclaimed that he would reverse the US Naval Special Warfare Command's decision to change its creed to reflect a changing societal shift — one that would include using gender-neutral language.

"I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately," Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon with a link to a story about the decision.

The Navy's special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) and SEAL's creed "were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare," Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Command, reportedly said of the change.

The decision was first reported by American Military News on Monday.

The change would alter sections of the creed, including "a common man with uncommon desire to succeed" to "common citizens with uncommon desire."

Another example includes, "I am that man" to "I am that warrior."

"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," Stroup added, according to the report.

There are no women who have completed the SEAL or SWCC training, according to Stroup. However, women have taken part in the training, according to a report from December of last year.

The US Navy referred Insider's request for comment to the White House. The White House did not respond.

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