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In yet another indication of how wokeness has permeated the American military under the Biden administration, Air Force cadets have been instructed not to use gender-specific terms like “Mom” or “Dad” and replace such terms with words such as “parent” or “caregiver.”
That instruction was featured at the Air Force Academy in Colorado as part of cadets’ “Diversity and inclusion (D&I) training,” The New York Post reports. “Our leaders have deemed D&I a warfighting imperative,” the cadets were told.
“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, a Green Beret, told Fox News Digital.
“Now we’re instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say mom and dad, to not say boyfriend or girlfriend,” he continued. “I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro-aggressions against America that are happening all over the world.”
Citing an exercise where cadets had to write as many animals starting with the letter “G” in one minute, the training enthused, “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?”
“Recognize diverse family formation,” the presentation to the cadets informed them. “Use words that include all genders,” the training material urges, warning cadets that they should not assume what people want to “call themselves.”
“You guys” should be replaced by “team,” “squaddies,” or “folks.” “Boyfriend” or “girlfriend” should be jettisoned in favor of “partner,” the training urges.
A spokesperson for the Air Force claimed that the exercises “were intended to highlight diversity of thought and the 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.”
In July 2021, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton revealed some blistering complaints about the military he had received as he questioned Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
After citing numerous examples of service members disconsolate from the “woke” incidents they cited, Cotton fired off a series of questions to 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?”
Austin answered, “No, I do not believe that,” but then added, “And that is why we have diversity, equity and inclusion focus in the military,” later insisting, “I would also say that diversity, equity and inclusion is important to this military now, and it will be important in the future.”
Cotton started by saying, “Mr. Secretary, I have received, along with Congressman Crenshaw, several hundred whistleblower complaints about Pentagon extremist and diversity training. I just want to share a small selection of what your troops are saying.”
He followed by citing reports of a military history training session being replaced with mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege, and systemic racism; instructions to a member of Special Operations that “The U.S. Special Operations community is racist”; a general officer telling an Army officer that “the entire U.S. Army is racist”; a midshipman at the Naval Academy attesting that classmates were calling America a “fundamentally racist place” and were not challenged by school administrators; an airman saying their unit was forced into a racist exercise called a “privilege walk”; a Space Force officer saying an African-American servicemember said after the training that she would never have joined the military had she known that it was such a hotbed of racism; and a white airman who said he didn’t sign up to be indoctrinated, then filed separation paperwork.