BLACK US AIR FORCE SERVICE MEMBERS FACE DISCRIMINATION

Written by on December 22, 2020

BLACK SERVICE MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE INVESTIGATED, ARRESTED, FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND BE DISCHARGED FOR MISCONDUCT, ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT THAT LOOKED AT RACIAL DISPARITIES ACROSS THE SERVICE.

THE REPORT BY THE AIR FORCE INSPECTOR GENERAL (IG), RELEASED ON MONDAY, SAID BLACK MEMBERS OF THE AIR FORCE AND SPACE FORCE ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE PROMOTED TO HIGHER ENLISTED AND OFFICER RANKS AND ONE-THIRD OF THEM BELIEVE THEY DO NOT GET THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS THEIR WHITE PEERS.

AND IT CONCLUDED THAT “RACIAL DISPARITY EXISTS” FOR BLACK SERVICE MEMBERS BUT THAT THE DATA DID NOT EXPLAIN WHY IT HAPPENS.

THE REPORT COMES AS THE PENTAGON STRUGGLES WITH A BROADER EFFORT TO EXPAND DIVERSITY WITHIN THE RANKS.

 THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LAST WEEK ENDORSED A NEW SLATE OF INITIATIVES TO MORE AGGRESSIVELY RECRUIT, RETAIN AND PROMOTE A MORE RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE FORCE.


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