Being gentle and soft are great qualities for a fabric softener, but not the words you want to be associated with your military. The Air Force is training cadets to address people in a gender-inclusive fashion, so say goodbye to the terms “mom,” “dad,” “boyfriend,” and “girlfriend. 

No longer should members of the Air Force assume gender when talking to people; instead, they are now being trained to ask people what they call themselves instead of making assumptions. 

This is really happening.  A story in the New York Post reports that cadets are told to avoid phrases like “you guys.”  Instead, the more appropriate way to address humans in gender-neutral terms would be to use words and phrases like “team,” “folks,” “squaddies,” and wait for the best one yet; “y’all.”

It gets weirder.  The Air Force wants cadets to refer to their mom or dad as “parent or caregiver.”

The Post quoted a spokesperson for the Air Force regarding the motivation for this training.

He said the idea is 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. 

He added that the Air Force “develops leaders of character that can lead diverse teams of Airmen and Guardians inclusively, to enhance innovation and win future conflict.”

Let’s say the woke-leaning philosophies of the military in general and Air Force, in particular, is not going over well with veterans.  Republican House member Mike Waltz told the Post he alls it “Macro-aggression,” and it is becoming alarming to soldiers, airmen, and navy members. 

“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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