Navy will use email instead of ALL-CAPS messaging system
The Navy is switching to a new messaging system that's cheaper and more efficient.
And oh yeah, one that does away with a century-old practice: communications using all uppercase letters.
The all-caps were a vestige of a bygone era.
Back in the 1850s, the teletype machines that the military used were made up of three rows of keys -- none of them lowercase letters.
U.S. Navy ditches its ALL CAPS message format - CNN.com
In it, the Navy said it is ditching its in-house Defense Message System in favor of e-mail. One with a very apt acronym: NICE (Navy Interface for Command Email).