Air Force Academy tells cadets to be gender inclusive by avoiding using 'mom and dad,' report

The academy, based in Colorado, also told cadets to avoid using language such as "colorblind."

Updated: September 22, 2022 - 8:45am

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The Air Force Academy has reportedly told cadets in diversity and inclusion training to use words that "include all genders" and to refrain from using terms such as "mom and dad."

"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 stated on a slide, Fox News reported Thursday.

"Use words that include all genders​: 'Folks' or 'Y’all' instead of 'guys'; 'partner' vs. 'boyfriend or girlfriend,'" cadets were told in the academy's "Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do," presentation.

The academy, based in Colorado, told cadets to avoid using language such as "colorblind," "I don't see color," or "we're all just people," one slide shows. Other words to avoid are the "'N', 'R', or 'F' words." 

The academy also offers a "Cadet Wing Diversity and Inclusion Program," in which graduates are able to wear a purple rope to identify themselves as a "diversity representative."

Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz, a Green Beret, said he finds "alarming parallels" between the insignia that diversity and equity officers in the Air Force program wear and the armbands worn by "political commissars" in the Soviet army and Chinese Communist military.