March 11, 2015
You can never have too much diversity and inclusion. There is always room for more.
Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force’s higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. Some are new ideas. Others are existing programs that will be enhanced, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
James and Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, sent a memo Wednesday to all service members outlining the initiatives. Another memo makes the argument that the service must diversify to retain its military superiority.
Women make up 19 percent of the Air Force. But they are twice as likely as men to cut their military careers short, James noted. Furthermore, she said, both women and people of color are underrepresented in the pilot ranks. She attributed the imbalance to a male-oriented military culture, rigid regulations and laws.
Are you even a tad bit annoyed by this? You just might be an intolerant, close-minded White bigot who needs to check your privilege.