Biden’s military: Air Force Academy recruits forced to use woke language in name of “equity”

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- Last year, United States Army produced a recruiting ad which highlighted just how woke that branch of the military is.

We published a piece contrasting that ad with one produced by the Russian military, which focused on building a fighting force of people willing to do what it takes to assure victory. You know, kill people and break things.

Since the Biden regime came into office in January 2021, we have witnessed the systematic attempt to turn the armed forces into a grand social experiment, focusing not on protecting our nation from enemies, not concerned with building teamwork and esprit de corps and certainly not developing  a fighting force that instills confidence in the American people.

In yet another glaring example of that, cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado no longer merely focus on learning to command a force that flies F-15s, F-22 Raptors, B1 bombers and C5 Galaxy transport aircraft, among others.

Now, the future leaders of the Air Force are being instructed to cease referring to their parents as “mom” and “dad,” but rather replace those terms with words such as “parent” or “caregiver.”

The Daily Wire reports the Air Force Academy, which trains the future leaders of the Air Force and Space Force, featured that instruction as part of “Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) training,” according to the New York Post.

“Our leaders have deemed D&I warfighting imperative,” the cadets were told.

D&I has something to do with “warfighting?” Consider us curious.

“Today we are preparing to face challenges that may not exist today,” the training says. “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.”

Clearly the Air Force is planning for the day when we greet our Russian or Chinese enemies and ensure we address them with the proper pronouns, in order to not create in international incident.

“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,” Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) said.

“Now we’re instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say mom and dad, to not say boyfriend or girlfriend,” Waltz continued. “I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro-aggressions against America that are happening all over the world.”

In one particularly bizarre exercise, cadets were instructed to come up with as many animals starting with the letter “G” in one minute.

“What does this activity show us about the power of combining our diverse perspectives? 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?”

Continuing, the instruction included:

“Recognize diverse family formation. Use words that include all genders,” warning cadets they shouldn’t make assumptions about what people want to “call themselves.”

Moreover, “you guys” is to be replaced by “team,” “squaddies,” or “folks.” “Boyfriend” or “girlfriend?” Out, in favor of “partner,” the training suggests.

According to an Air Force spokesperson, the training exercises “were intended to highlight the diversity of thought and benefits of including multiple perspectives…it is the diversity of Airmen and Guardians coming from all corners of our nation who perform the Department of the Air Force’s hundreds of critical mission sets that make us the best, most innovative Air and Space Forces the world has ever known.”

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Curiously, attendees were told at the beginning of the session to keep what was taught in the training close to the vest; “what’s said here, stays in the room (let’s have each other’s backs),” and were further instructed not to “share people’s stories with their name/identifiers.”

At the end of the program, cadets were informed about D&I resources on campus, including a “D&I Reading Room” and “Affinity groups.”

What exactly is an “affinity group?” According to the academy’s website, they help cadets “gather around a shared affinity or bond” and may be “identity-based,” “interest/career-based,” or “cadet experience-based.”

Meanwhile, the D&I reading room was identified in a 2021 press release as a “safe space” intended to “broaden and deepen [cadet’s] exploration of issues involved in diversity, inclusion and justice.”

Oh, but it gets worse. There is a “Cadet Wing Diversity and Inclusion Program” where graduates are issued a purple rope to wear across their left shoulder “symbolizing their position as a diversity representative” in order to “advise students on diversity,” a press release read.

Fox News Digital obtained an August 2021 memo where the D&I program was proposed, told readers it 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 read. “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.”

Waltz, ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness told Fox News Digital he had significant concerns about the program’s structure, claiming 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,” Waltz said.

“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,” he said.

“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 added.

In July 2021, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke about some complaints concerning the direction of the military and questioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about it.

He cited a number of examples cited by service members concerned over “woke” incidents they experienced. That led Cotton to ask a number of questions of Austin, including, “Should a member of the organization you lead be treated differently, in violation of the Constitution, I would add, based on their sex or the color of their skin?”

In response, Austin said, “No, I do not believe that” but equivocated adding, ‘And that is why we have diversity, equity and inclusion focus in the military,” while later claiming, “I would say that diversity, equity and inclusion is important to this military now, and it will be important in the future.”

USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Rich Clark attempted to clarify the training, claiming that the academy “does not prohibit the use of ‘mom and dad’ or other gender specific terms.”

He continued, “The recent briefing on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented; the slide in question was not intended to stand alone. First and foremost, the briefing centered on respect for others and the warfighting imperative of leveraging diverse perspectives to solve our nation’s most difficult national security problems. Our strategic competitors are doing the opposite. Our American diversity is a strategic advantage and opens the door to creative solutions, providing a competitive edge in air, space, and cyberspace.”

Continuing, Clark said:

“The slide on ‘inclusive language’ was intended to demonstrate how respect for others should be used to build inclusive teams, producing more effective warfighting units. Understanding a person’s context shows respect. Until you know a person’s situation, we should not make assumptions about them.”

Clark’s comment did little to relieve Waltz’s concerns.

“I’m worried about the macro aggressions,” he said. “Everything, when it comes to training, is an opportunity cost. Every hour, every day you’re spending training on this stuff, you’re not training on all the other things we need that I would argue would be a higher priority to fight and win wars.”

Waltz told Fox Digital he has received a litany of documents from cadets and their families who are “disturbed” by the radical teachings being conducted at America’s military academies, including at West Point, which hosted a lecture entitled, “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage” last year.

“This is absolutely destructive to morale, to unity, to everything that I know from a military, that by the way, integrated way before the rest of the country in 1948,” Waltz said last year.

Fox News Digital reported that so-called “wokeness”  in our service branches came into focus only last week when Fox reported that Kelisa Wing, DEI head at the Department of Defense Education Activity wrote a series of tweets critical of white people. After the report from Fox News Digital was published, the department said it was “reviewing” the unhinged radical.


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