Ratings are back and if the reaction on social media is any gauge, sailors are pretty happy about it.
Within seconds of the news leaking Tuesday evening that Navy leaders were set to restore sailors' job titles, the positive reviews of the decisions began rolling in on social media, with some suggesting the move was a Christmas miracle.
"They need to make a kids movie on this about how Santa saved the ratings." commented Leanna Jacques, an aviation boatswain's mate, on the Navy Times Facebook post. Her comment was liked by more than 1,000 readers.
The Navy's top officer announced Wednesday morning that he was restoring ratings three months after stripping the centuries-old tradition, citing the backlash from the deck plates. He also noted that the push to broaden sailors' job opportunities, which was part and parcel with dumping ratings, would continue.