The Navy said it will stop sending communications in all capital letters, as it has traditionally done, because some sailors feel they're being shouted at.
The Navy is finally catching up on its communications etiquette.
It announced Tuesday that it will no longer send messages in all capital letters.
The official reason is that using mixed cases makes messages more readable and is part of a cost-saving initiative.
But a Navy official also told the Wall Street Journal, which playfully reported its article in all caps, that an ancillary benefit comes from younger sailors no longer feeling like they're being screamed at. In today's parlance, all caps generally indicates shouting.
The Navy's news release said the capitalization changes are part of a broader communications program to simplify messages and save the Navy more than $15 million a year.
In the release, naval messaging program manager James McCarty said some Navy systems will still be unable to process mixed case, but that in these cases, the messages can be converted to traditional all-caps text.
Still, "Lowercase messages are here to stay," McCarty said in the news release. "They provide a more readable format, which can (be) delivered to and shared on any of the current Web 3.0 technologies."
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