Air Force Academy in Colorado tells cadets to not use terms like ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ because of gender


The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Col. is teaching new cadets to stop saying “mom” and “dad,” and instead to use words that recognize other possible genders.

The lesson slide titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” tells cadets to use gender-neutral language whenever possible, including saying “y’all” and “folks” instead of saying men, women, male or female. Boyfriends and girlfriends are to be called “partners.”

The lesson includes advice to avoid “stereotypes, bias, and microaggressions.” Cadets are also told not to use the terms “you guys,” “terrorists,” or even “colorblind.”

The Air Force Academy has pushed back against the intense criticism is has received, issuing a statement that says, “It is the diversity of Airmen and Guardians coming from all corners of our nation who perform the Department of the Air Force’s hundreds of critical mission sets that make us the best, most innovative Air and Space Forces the world has ever known.”

They did it: They used the word “airmen” in their statement.

“USAFA develops leaders of character that can lead diverse teams of Airmen and Guardians inclusively, to enhance innovation and win future conflict,” the Academy spokesperson said.

Oops. They did it again.

In addition, the storied institution has encouraged men who identify as men, also known as “cisgender men” to not apply for a fellowship that is set aside for what the academy refers to as “gender minorities.”

The academy sent an email on Sept. 14 informing cadets that the 2023 application for the Brooke Owens Fellowship for “undergraduate women and gender minorities interested in aerospace” is due by Oct. 10.

The application for the Brooke Owens Fellowship is “People of your gender are underrepresented in aerospace. If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority, this program is for you. If you are a cisgender man, this program isn’t for you..”


    • No, and no one in the United States Armed Forces today has ever been on the winning side of any war. None.

      Many of the senior officers America had in WWII had been in WWI, and we won that one. No war has been won since WWII, and the exit from Afghanistan was remarkably similar in every respect to the exit from Viet Nam.

  1. Someday, they will have real leadership again. And West Point as well. Heard the academies had been purged of their leadership by the new peoples administration, so here’s the proof. I’m sure sorry for the young people who thought they were going to the best schools available. Descendants of Medal of Honor recipients and children of Honorable patriots, soldiers, and others who have served our country and endorsed their applications to these great American institutions. What the heck?

  2. So a cisgender man need not apply to the academy. And it appears that a cisgender man is a regular dude. And the academy doesn’t want them?? I call BS.

  3. This type of ideology that is permeating in many segments of society is causing a counter measure, Christian Nationalism. Some Christian Nationalist’s in politics are promoting a merging of church + state here in this country, a theocracy to save the country.

  4. My great-grandfather fought in WW1, my grandfather fought in WW2, my FATHER fought in Vietnam.
    My Great- Grandmother took care of seven children when her husband was at war, her son (my grandfather) had burn scars all over his body from the battleship guns shells.
    The absolute disrespect and disregard for our mothers and fathers is grotesque.
    Give me liberty or give me death!

  5. When I was in the Army—late 60’s—We used the gender neutral F Word alot. Like—Get the F over here, You F-ed up, or Mother F-er. There was the F en New Guy, or the famous Cluster F. I guess if you got all the veterans of that era on a giant parade field, they would all say in unison with regard to the NEW LINGO —“F THIS SH*T”.

  6. Comforting to know that the new B21 nuclear bombers will be flown by crews that were screened first to make sure they are suitably diverse. Wait until a pilot decides to copy that moronic teacher in Canada and demands “its” bomber be modified to accommodate “its” gigantic fake breasts.

  7. I am an AFROTC graduate and retired USAF Officer and I have visited the AF Academy. I was once proud but now I am not. This wokeness has to stop there is no place for it in our armed forces and the rest of society for that matter

  8. The Cadets should tell them to stick it! I think every cadet in every military academy should walk out until the communists are wiped from our military. They can train them to be military officers but do not have the right to dictate their beliefs and free speech. I truly feel sorry for all the crap these folks are having to deal with from this lawless administration.

  9. Why don’t they just stop the posturing and come right out and say it out loud – from now on the Federal government will tolerate no other pronoun except Comrade!

  10. They are purging the military of patriotic warriors and replacing them with wokesters so they can be safe from the military taking the wrong side when this sh*t gets really bad. All to keep us in line. Amazing how they’ve been able to undermine all our institutions to “progress” towards a socialist totalitarian utopia. November better be a blowout or we’ve lost our country to these idiots.

    • FishAk, good point, I agree. In addition it’s now painfully obvious why the Oath Keepers are such an existential threat to these wokester clowns. You know that part about defending against enemies, ” foreign and domestic”.

    • There is more truth in that than you know. It’s not just in the ranks of the military, but also Federal civilian law enforcement.

      I expect the power of the states to continue to diminish relative to the power of the Federal government.

      Frankly, we have only ourselves to blame, for every federal grant dollar we’ve accepted, the more the individual state governments’ dependency grows.

  11. If DeSantis wins in ‘24, he’s got an ugly mess ahead. He needs to fix the border, deal with the domestic terrorism the left will resort to, purge the FBI and the military of Obama appointees.

    One of Trumps failings seems to be he was impressed with medals and ribbons. Many were deserved due to service in the field. Many more were earned for knowing what to kiss and when.

    Kurt Schlichter told Derek Hunter in an interview the next POTUS needs to tell the Joint Chiefs they have 60 days to start purging or they are the first out.

  12. In times of peace or relative peace, the only way to put that star on your shoulder is by playing politics during your career. It’s about having friends and advocates in the right places, it’s not about combat leadership.

    The USAF, and to a lesser extent, the other services, are now being “led” by officers that made their way up through middle management during the Obama administration.

    So, now in an effort to move from middle management into upper management, these Colonels and one stars need to address the preferences of their current and potentially future civilian supervisors…Biden, Harris, that ilk.

    When the winds shift, they’ll adjust. Their career is their mission, the mission is not their career.


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