The United States Air Force Academy recently circulated promotional information among its cadets for the Brooke Owens Scholarship, which specifically prohibits ‘cisgender men’ from applying.
The email sent on September 14 encourages cadets to apply for the program, which states: “If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two spirit, demigender, gender fluid, gender queer or another form of gender minority, this program is for you.
“If you are a cisgender man, this program is not for you… but we recommend you check out our spin-off programs, the Patti Grace Smith Scholarship and the Matthew Isakowitz Scholarship Program.”
A concerned Air Force cadet shared the email because, he told Fox News, “It’s a bit concerning that we get more reports on D&I than we do reports on foreign adversaries, emerging technologies, or current events around the world.”
The scholarship, which has been in existence since 2017, commemorates the late Owens, a pilot and space policy expert, who died at the age of 35 from breast cancer in 2016.
The program provides young men, who are not cisgender men, with paid internships and executive mentorship at major aviation and space exploration companies.
The email also came as it became clear that the US Army is facing significant recruiting issues.
In fact, this month, the Army revealed that it had only covered 52% of its recruiting goals for the fiscal year, which ends on September 30.
U.S. Army Recruiting Command deputy director of public affairs Brian McGovern recently said, “The Army is facing its most challenging recruiting environment since the inception of the volunteer force in 1973.”
He said the Army expects to face a shortage of 12,000 to 15,000 recruits this year.
Members of the Brooke Owens Scholarship Program, which places women and other gender minorities in top-tier space exploration companies to further their careers in the field.
The Brooke Owens Scholarship logo, established in 2017 in memory of Brooke Owens, a pilot and space policy expert who died in 2016 of breast cancer.
The US Air Force Academy, which is roughly 71% male and 29% female, was recently criticized for a presentation on diversity and inclusion in which it instructed cadets to avoid using of gendered language in everyday speech.
Cadets were encouraged to change the words ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ to ‘father’ or ‘guardian’. It was encouraged to change ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’ to ‘partner’, and so on.
At the time, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, said the school’s focus on language justice “awakening” concepts is “absolutely destructive to morale, unity, everything I know from a military man, who by the way, was integrated long before the rest of the country in 1948.’
Instead of focusing on small-scale drafting errors, he said “the Air Force should be concerned about the macro-aggressions against the United States that are happening around the world.”
Air Force Academy cadets salute during the national anthem at Falcon Stadium for their graduation ceremony on May 25, 2022.
Brooke Owens Fellows Pose: Candidates are selected for their talent, experience to date, commitment to service, and creativity’
The academy, which is made up of 71% male cadets, recently promoted the Owens Fellowship, which specifically prohibits cisgender men from applying.
An academy spokesman denied that the emphasis on diversity and inclusion is detracting from the “warfighting effectiveness” of the cadets.
“It is the diversity of Airmen and Guardians from every corner of our nation who perform the Department of the Air Force’s hundreds of critical mission sets that makes us the best and most innovative Air and Space Forces the world has ever seen.” known,” the spokesman said.
The statement was followed by a denial that the academy specifically prohibits the use of “mom and dad” or other gender-specific terms.
‘The Air Force Academy does not prohibit the use of ‘mom and dad’ or other gender-specific terms. The recent report on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented; the slide in question was not meant to be alone,” said Superintendent Lt. Gen. Rich Clark.
He added: ‘First and foremost, the briefing focused on respect for others and the imperative of warfare to harness 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 advantage in air, space and cyberspace.”
A screenshot of ‘diversity and inclusion’ training for cadets at the US Air Force Academy.
In 2021, the US Air Force Academy made headlines for announcing a specially designated Diversity and Inclusion Reading Room with curated books and described in a release as a “treasure of great ideas and a safe space for learning.” open discussion”.
“We need to foster understanding about the challenges of diversity, racism and injustice, promote a wide range of perspectives, and be respectful of those with whom we agree and disagree,” said Mark Jensen, president of the U.S. Senate. faculty of the Academy and professor of philosophy. .
“Our intention is to create an informal space for the cadets and the permanent group to broaden and deepen their exploration of issues related to diversity, inclusion and justice,” said Assistant Professor of English Daniel Couch.
Waltz said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that once Republicans regain a majority in the House, “we’re going to cut him out of the US military.”