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Air Force Goes Woke: Words 'Mom' and 'Dad' aren't 'Gender Neutral' Enough

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One of the great misconceptions that the liberal media likes to make about the “anti-woke” crowd is that they are cruel.  That they’ve eschewed humanity in order to keep saying the “offensive” things that they once said, just because they’re ornery, or rotten, or just plain mean.

But this isn’t the case at all.  The issue that most have with the “woke” approach is just how resource-heavy it’s becoming. Not only are we now supposed to have memorized a seemingly infinite number of new words, (and new meanings for older words), but we’re spending American taxpayer dollars to reprint, republish, and revise our government institutions so that they conform to the latest shift in linguistics.

This week, for instance, the Air Force has rolled out a new policy regarding the way we speak about recruits’ loved ones.

A diversity and inclusion training by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado instructs cadets to use words that “include all genders” and to refrain from saying things like “mom” and “dad.”

The slide presentation titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” advises cadets to use “person-centered” and gender-neutral language when describing individuals.

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“Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,'” the presentation states. “Use words that include all genders​: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”

There was a swift reaction from some lawmakers.

The documents were shared with Fox News Digital by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, who said the materials had alarmed cadets. Fox News Digital has verified the documents’ authenticity.

A slide presentation by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado titled, “Diversity and Inclusion: What it is, why we care, and what we can do.” (Screenshot/United States Air Force Academy)

Waltz pointed out during an interview with Fox News Digital that “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.”

“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,” he said.

And then, powerfully:

“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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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.