Air Force Tells Cadets to Stop Using Words Like ‘Mom’, ‘Dad’, ‘Boyfriend’ or ‘Girlfriend,’

Todd Starnes


The Air Force Academy wants cadets to stop using words like mom and dad.
A diversity and training seminar instructs cadets to use words that include all genders.

Consider using words like parents or caregiver instead of mother or father.

That’s what the Air Force recommends.

So instead of writing home to mom and dad – cadets are supposed to address their letters to parent number one and parent number two?

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) 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 said. “I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro aggressions against America that are happening all over the world.”

Cadets are also being told to stop using words like boyfriend and girlfriend.

Partner is the preferred word.

The slide presentation titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” advises cadets to use “person-centered” and gender-neutral language when describing individuals.

“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 states. “Use words that include all genders​: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”

“Not ‘Colorblind’ or ‘I don’t see color,’ but Color Conscious,” it adds. “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness.”

The documents were shared with Fox News Digital by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, who said the materials had alarmed cadets. Fox News Digital has verified the documents’ authenticity.

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The Air Force seems to believe the greatest threat to national security is not Russia or China – it’s misgendering a cadet.

So the next time an Air Force recruiter shows up at your local high school job fair – don’t be surprised if the kids hit the after burners.

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