A slide presentation titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” instructs cadets to use “person-centered” and gender-neutral language when describing individuals according to Fox News.
“Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,’” the presentation explains to cadets. “Use words that include all genders: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”
Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) told Fox News that “it’s been a tradition in the military to get letters from mom and dad or your boyfriend and girlfriend for as long as there’s been a military.”
“Now we’re instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say mom and dad, to not say boyfriend or girlfriend, and this kind of drive towards gender neutrality,” he contended. “I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro aggressions against America that are happening all over the world.”
Pathetic just pathetic, old Putin must be rubbing his hands at the prospect of coming up against a woke armed force!
— BarmyG (@garrybluenose) September 22, 2022
Waltz, who is a ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, told Fox News Digital that the program’s structure is deeply concerning because it appears to create a “separate, parallel chain of command.”
“To those of us who are a little bit older, it reminds us of what the Soviets used to do or what the Chinese do today, where they literally have political commissars inserted at every level end of the chain of command, but they have a separate reporting chain to ensure that the military is abiding by their ideology and their political doctrine,” he asserted.
“Not only do they have diversity and equity officers in the cadet chain of command, they wear a special insignia, which is exactly what the political commissars — they would wear an armband in both the Soviet army and now in the Chinese Communist military. I just think there are some really alarming parallels,” Waltz warned.
“When we are in the majority, we are going to legislate this, and we are going to cut it out of the U.S. military,” he vowed.
Wokeness in our military is out of control. We WILL ban this nonsense when we take back the House.
THANK YOU to the brave cadets & fellow veterans for bringing this to my attention. https://t.co/NLjt1Z6Naj
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) September 22, 2022
— mickel moralas (@HughGReaction4) September 22, 2022
An exercise is included in the training that tells cadets to form small groups and write down as many “G-Animals,” or animals that start with the letter “G,” that they can think of in one minute’s time.
“What does this activity show us about the power of combining our diverse perspectives?” the activity asks the cadets. “If this were an operational USAF/USSF [United States Space Force] challenge (think COA [course of action] development) what risks might be present if we did not fully leverage the diversity of our group?”
One slide actually claims that the diversity and inclusion training is critical for “developing warfighters” to be “prepared to lead the USAF/USSF with character.”
“How can we Lift Others (motivate our teams) if we don’t know our people?” the presentation asks. “How can we Elevate Performance if we don’t include people during planning and execution?”
“Today we are preparing to face challenges that may not exist today,” the exercise contends. “For example, Information Warfare only became a career field 7 years ago, and we stood up the Space Force in 2019. This makes our need to innovate critical. Thus, our leaders have deemed D&I a warfighting imperative.”
So now the words “mom” and “dad” are somehow offensive? Can someone tell me why sane people have never been willing to stand up to the #freaksandlunatics to put an end to this nonsense? WTAF
— Attorney at Law (@Patriot_ATX) September 22, 2022
As the training kicked off, cadets were told that “what’s said here, stays in the room (let’s have each other’s backs),” and cadets were instructed not to “share people’s stories with their name/identifiers).”
In the training, cadets were asked to finish prompts such as, “What I think about me in terms of who I am,” “What others think about me,” “What might be misunderstood about me” and “How squad/classmates can help me feel valued.” They were also informed of a “D&I Reading Room” and “Affinity groups.”
In 2021, a professor was quoted in a press release by the academy who described the reading room as a “safe space” meant “to broaden and deepen [cadets’] exploration of the issues involved in diversity, inclusion, and justice.”
Fox News obtained a memo in August 2021 that asserted the D&I program would create “champions of dignity and respect to foster an inclusive climate in the Cadet Wing.”
“Recommended trainings include, but are not limited to, inclusive leadership, conversation facilitation, unconscious bias, and cultural sensitivity,” the memo outlined. “The structure for D&I Staff will resemble [Air Force Academy Cadet Wing] Character and Honor staffs to reflect that D&I is also an institutional priority.”