By: Christopher S. Barker III

I was an 8404 FMF Hospital Corpsman 1965-68. I was recently informed that the term “Hospital Corpsman” is SEXIST. The Navy’s new gender neutral title is “Medical Service Technician”. I say “F#%& that”! I was, am, and always will be a Hospital Corpsman. This P.C. excrement is beginning to really stink!

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  • Don Z’Boray, HM2

    There’s been such backlash against dickin’ around with Navy rating names that y’all can rest easy about that medical services tech BS, according to the USNI site in Dec. 2016. See the article at

  • John Durant Cpl (and all that other stuff above)

    To MSGT Herbert Shaw, that wasn’t an error “auto-correct” that was a “Freudian slip”,. From the looks of his “backyard” he looks like he intends to do a lot of fishing. While at Le Jeune in the H & S Btry !0th Marines we had a Gunny Sgt who in the afternoon would announce his intention to check ” X ” , Sorry but after 60 years it slips my mind the exact name he used but we all knew that that was the name of a United States Coastal and Geodetic Survey Monument located just off the highway bridge out the back gate at Snead’s Ferry. Or in other words, “I done for the day and going fishing”. .

  • John Durant Plt 386 @ MCRDPI (54), AIT Pendleton(54-55), E-2-12 (55-56) & H&S-10 (56-57)

    Does anybody believe that this has NOTHING to do with the Commander-in-Chief’s, who will remain anonymous, use of the pronunciation of “Corpseman” ???!!! That sounds like somebody in “Graves Registration”.

  • Joe ” Doc ” Garcia HM3

    Once an FMF Corpsman always an FMF Corpsman. I will be a Corpsman for life. Screw the Navy, Corpsman comes from the title U S Navy Hospital Corps. Did they change that name also?? And thanks to all the Marines who agree with us and for me it was a pleasure to severe with the best.

  • Chris Barker, the HM2 in the article!

    Thanks for all the kind and complimentary comments.

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