So, What's in a Name?



Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., is continuing with his decade-long effort to rename the Department of the Navy.

And this time, he may pull it off.

The resolution, H.R. 24, would redesignate the Department of the Navy as “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps” and change the title of Secretary of the Navy to “Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps.” Jones says the effort is to ensure the Marine Corps receives equal recognition as a military branch.

The measure has died in committee in previous years. But Jones said Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told him the measure had a good chance of circumventing committee and being brought to the floor if Jones could find 350 cosponsors by Christmas.

Jones has 362 cosponsors to date. It’s the second-highest number of any bill or resolution introduced this year.

What do you think? Is this name change long overdue, or much ado about nothing?


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A Navy brat who spent eight years in the Marines (two years aboard the carrier Independence). Worked in journalism in Eastern North Carolina through the latter part of the 90s, then became editor of Air Force Times in 2000. Stayed there five years, then took a break to finish some school. Now back in the game with Navy Times.

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  1. As a Marine i see it as frivolous and that they have better things to be doing then worrying about the Dept. of the Navy’s formal name. Plus it sounds better short and sweet, something all Marines care about in regards to work. Making it longer just makes it more pretentious.

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