Navy messages have been going out in ALL CAPS since sails were around. But Navy Times is reporting that the sea service has just started permitting lower-case letters to enlist in the messages sent to the fleet around the globe.
They used to look like this:
Now they look like this:
The ALL CAPS messages were a relic of the pre-Civil War days, when the Navy used teletype machines, which initially didn’t have lower-case letters.
Navy officials say younger sailors – used to emails and text messages since toddlerhood – find the ALL CAPS messages tougher to read than the old salts.
The Navy loves its traditions so much, it even has a website dedicated to them. But we don’t think the loss of ALL CAPS messages will be mourned by many.