• The Navy has removed references to “man” and “brotherhood” from the SEAL ethos and creed in favor of gender-neutral language.
  • A Navy official said previous versions were written before women were allowed to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare and that the updates are “overdue.”
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The Navy has modified its SEAL ethos and creed for special warfare combatant crewmen to remove references to “man” and “brotherhood” in favor of gender-neutral language, a Navy official said Monday.

“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,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Command.

“Updates were overdue,” Stroup added, noting that the changes were “favorably endorsed” by each of the unit’s major commanders and command master chiefs. The changes were first reported

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