Off we go, into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun…
The United States Air Force no longer cares about maintaining superiority over the skies, but ensuring whites no longer have dominance over them. Just read the opening line of this story from the Air Force Times, almost an apology for the US Air Force’s control of the world’s aerospace due to its embarrassing whiteness. [To grow new, diverse generation of pilots, Air Force, lawmakers eye flight training for JROTC, Air Force Times, April 4, 2019]:
The population of pilots in the aviation industry — including the Air Force — remains very white, and very male. And that lack of diversity worries the Air Force.
But now the Air Force, and a bipartisan pair of senators, are hoping to sow the seeds of a future, more diverse generation of pilots by training young people in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps how to fly.
About 6 percent of the population of pilots in the aviation industry are women, according to the Air Force, and about 10 percent are minorities. The Air Force’s own cadre of pilots is also about 6 percent female, and 7 percent are minorities.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that while it has no problem finding airmen who want to learn how to fly, there is a disproportionately low presence of women and minorities among those volunteering.
To try to turn this around, Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Doug Jones, D-Alabama, this week introduced the Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited Act, which aims to make it easier for all branches of the military to create scholarships for JROTC members to get their private pilot’s licenses.
This is what the Air Force did in 2018, when it created the JROTC Flight Academy’s Chief of Staff Private Pilot Scholarship Program. That summer, about 120 high school students received scholarships — paid for with excess Air Force funds — to attend roughly seven-week flight schools, Wilson said.
About 90 percent of those young people succeeded in obtaining their pilot’s licenses, Wilson told Jones. They made no commitment to join the Air Force, she said, but because they were in JROTC, they’ve at least shown some interest in the military.
And since about 58 percent of JROTC members are minorities, Wilson said, such a flying scholarship program could help reach those populations. Jones’ office also said 40 percent of JROTC members are women.
The Air Force said in a recent release that 10 young women, who earned their pilot wings from the JROTC Flight Academy program last summer, attended the Women in Aviation International Conference in Long Beach, California, in March. Six of those 10 cadets said they want to become military pilots, and four of them received Air Force ROTC scholarships.
Lt. Col. Willie Allen, director of the Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy, said 25 percent of those who received flight school scholarships last year were women or minorities.
In 2019, in the current year of wokeness, pilots in the U.S. Air Force are 93 percent white. This can’t be, for it reinforces uncomfortable stereotypes long ago retired to ensure the notion ‘diversity is our strength.’
The war on whiteness must be waged on every segment of American society, even on the overwhelmingly white pilots of the U.S. Air Force who maintain hegemony over the skies.
Diversity is not a strength. If it were, the U.S. Air Force wouldn’t be worried about the lack thereof, when the almost all-white pilots represent the best in Air Force in the entire world.