Air Force cadets undergo gender-inclusive training


No more letters home to Mom.

Air Force cadets are being told to address people in ways that “include all genders” — dropping the use of “boyfriend or girlfriend” and even “mom and dad.”

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado includes instruction on how to “use inclusive language,” according to documents shared by Fox News Digital.

“Use words that include all genders,” the training material tells cadets, warning them to “ask” people what they “call themselves” rather than assuming.

Instead of saying “you guys,” cadets are told to use gender-neutral terms like “team,” “squaddies,” “folks” and even “y’all.”

“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, telling cadets to “recognize diverse family formation.”

Equally, they are told to use “partner” rather than “boyfriend or girlfriend.’”

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US Air Force Academy cadets are being told to “use inclusive language” for all genders.
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The training says to also use “person-centered” language, such as “people with disabilities” instead of “the disabled” and “transgender people” rather than “transgenders.”

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

US Air Force Diversity and Inclusion  training
Diversity and inclusion training drops use of “boyfriend or girlfriend,” “mom and dad.”
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US Air Force Diversity and Inclusion  training
Cadets are told to use gender-neutral terms like “team,” “squaddies,” “folks” and even “y’all.”
United States Air Force Academy

The slides insist that inclusive language is critical in both helping “lift others (motivate our teams)” as well as in “developing warfighters.”

“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.”

An Air Force Academy spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital that the training was developed to “introduce all cadets to Department of the Air Force definitions of diversity and inclusion, as well as how these concepts enhance our warfighting effectiveness.”

The force “develops leaders of character that can lead diverse teams of Airmen and Guardians inclusively, to enhance innovation and win future conflict,” the spokesperson said.

The exercises “were intended to highlight diversity of thought and the benefits of including multiple perspectives,” the rep said.

“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,” the spokesperson insisted.

Rep. Mike Waltz
Rep. Mike Waltz, a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, slams “macro-aggressions.”
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Rep. Mike Waltz, a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, warned that it was just the latest woke “macro-aggression” that is disturbing military members and their families.

“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,” he 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 … I think the Air Force should be worried about the macro-aggressions against America that are happening all over the world.”



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