Air Force Leader Raises Alarm Over Declining Military Standards

( – According to a top official from the U.S. Air Force, there’s been an increasing drop in standards amongst the military which could result in the U.S. falling behind Russia and China.

JoAnne Bass, a Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, wrote a memorandum to other members addressing her concerns that military standards appear to be falling. She said that based on her “travels and conversations with Airmen of all ranks” she’s “noticed a common concern regarding standards,” meaning others are also noticing the trend. Bass said that “when standards erode,” as shown historically, the “capabilities and readiness” of the military decline.

In recent years, Republicans and conservative critics have been criticizing a pattern of so-called “wokeness” spreading throughout American culture, which is coming from the progressive left and the Democratic Party. This ideology results in policies and programs that promote what is referred to as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

As pointed out in his 2022 book, So You’ve Been Sent to Diversity Training: Smiling Through the DEI Apocalypse, author Chadwick Moore documents how DEI training programs are now permeating institutions and workplaces across the country, including the military.

This focus on “wokeness” and DEI re-education not only erodes the meritocratic structure of the military, which is necessary to make sure the best of the best rise in the ranks, but is also taking precedence over normal training and standards that officials like Bass believe leave the country more vulnerable in future conflicts. “In our profession,” Bass said in the memorandum, “second best won’t cut it.”

Every military branch is also going through a recruitment crisis not seen in almost half a century, and it’s particularly apparent in the Air Force. For Fiscal Year 2022, the Air Force had to dig into candidates in the delayed entry program in order to meet recruiting goals, setting them behind for FY 2023.

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