Guest post by Michael D. Pefley, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Apparently birthing persons (without being specifically called out as such), are in, while moms and dads are eliminated from Air Force vocabulary (See USAFA D&I training presentation).
In the most DIE (Diversity, Inclusion , Equity) way possible, the Air Force Academy is eliminating the traditional family to make their service more inclusive while providing equity to any and every minuscule fringe group that self identifies as “I’m a victim of the oppressive, traditional American culture!”
Because “diversity is our strength”, USAFA has become fixated on pronouns, race, gender (biological or declared) and sexual orientation! You might ask, “What’s all this DIE have to do with combat capability?” Our opponents and enemies would answer a resounding “Nothing!” while our military leaders would answer “Absolutely everything!”
Obviously if you deny, ignore or dismiss the DIE philosophy, then you are guilty of being the “R word.” The liberal use of the label “You are a R-word” is an approved method for bullying anyone into the compliant group think mantra of “DIE is good and Meritocracy is evil.”
The USAFA training guide exhorts cadets (to the exclusion of former cadets or alumni) to embrace inclusivity, harmony and institutional pride. Opinions and feedback from USAFA graduates is excluded in the Air Force’s adherence to inclusivity. In addition, if one stated “I don’t see color or I’m color-blind,” you must be, you guessed it “a racist.”
It’s remarkable that USAFA didn’t include “Comrade” or “Comrades” as an appropriate method of addressing others.
The STARRS organization “Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism” is dedicated to the constitution, unity and military readiness. Just to be clear, those are the tenets of a free country and a free people!
Michael D. Pefley, Col, USAF (retired)
EVP, COO for STARRS
Graduate of USAFA 1974