Air Force Cadets Banned From What?

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Cadets undertaking diversity and inclusion training at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado are being taught to replace “mom,” “dad,” “girlfriend,” and “boyfriend” with non-gendered terms, Fox News Digital first reported.

The training material shows cadets being instructed to use gender-neutral terms rather than gender-specific terms.

A slide presentation titled “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do” gives cadets instructions on what is and what isn’t appropriate, telling cadets to adopt a “person-centered” approach.

The presentation begins by describing the various households another cadet could be raised in, saying: “Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.” before telling cadets to “consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad.'”

But the terms “mom” and “dad” aren’t the only gendered terms cadets are encouraged to refrain from using.

Groups, the presentation asserts, should be referred to as “y’all” or “folks” instead of “you guys.”

Girlfriend and boyfriend are also on the chopping block, to be replaced with “partners.”

It’s not only gendered terms getting the boot, but phrases like “I don’t see color,” “we’re all just people,” and “colorblind” should be replaced with “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness.”

In an interview with Fox News Digital, afghan veteran and Green beret, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) pointed out the absurdity of some of these terms.

“It’s been a tradition in the military to get letters from mom and dad or your boyfriend and girlfriend for as long as there’s been a military,’ Waltz remarked.

“Now we’re instructing every cadet entering the Air Force to not say ‘mom’ and ‘dad,’ to not say ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend,’ and this kind of drive towards gender neutrality,” the Florida Congressman continued.

He also promised: “When [Republicans] are in the majority, we are going to legislate this, and we are going to cut it out of the U.S. military.”