The U.S. Navy has its big guns set on a new target — the English language:

The first target is the rank of “Midshipman”:

The U.S. Navy is looking for a few good names without “men” in them.

As part of the move to integrate women in all roles of the military, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced plans to make titles and descriptions gender neutral. That puts the time-honored name “Midshipman” squarely on the radar.

A review of the seafaring branch’s titles already underway will “ensure they were representative of all sailors and did not discriminate based on gender,” the Navy said in a statement.

Sen. John McCain is not happy with the proposed change:

“The United States Navy and Marine Corps have too many real enemies to defeat and deter. The Secretary of the Navy should have better things to do than adding the English language to the list.”

Well said, senator:

What other words can we change ending in “-man”? Here’s a suggestion:

Don’t give them any ideas.

They’ll need to change the Naval Academy’s fight song, too:

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh!
Farewell to Foreign Shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay;
Through our last night ashore, drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more, here’s wishing you a happy voyage home!

“Anchors Aweigh, my gender-neutral progeny, Anchors Aweigh!”