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Cotton grills Air Force over variety coaching changing ‘mother’ and ‘dad’ with gender-neutral phrases

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FIRST ON FOX: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, grilled the Air Force over the variety coaching that changed “mom” and “dad” with gender-neutral phrases, calling it “un-American.”

Fox News Digital completely obtained Cotton’s letter to Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark on Friday, demanding solutions from him concerning the “diversity and inclusion” coaching workouts the academy put cadets by.

“Cadets were reportedly instructed to refrain from using terms such as ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’ or ‘mom’ and ‘dad,’ and instead use terms that ‘include all gender,’” Cotton famous, citing Fox News Digital’s reporting.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY DIVERSITY TRAINING TELLS CADETS TO USE WORDS THAT ‘INCLUDE ALL GENDERS,’ DROP ‘MOM AND DAD’

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., grilled Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark over the variety coaching that changed “mom” and “dad” with gender-neutral phrases, calling it “un-American.”
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“The training also condemns the use of the term ‘colorblind’ or the claim that someone does not ‘see color,’” the Arkansas senator continued. “Even the term ‘terrorist’ was deemed inappropriate.”

“These divisive and un-American training exercises have no place in our military and demonstrate an alarming lack of focus at the Airforce (sic) Academy,” Cotton wrote. “The Airforce (sic) Academy ought to teach future airmen to revere our nation’s traditions and values, not to have contempt for them.”

Cotton warned that the Air Force Academy’s “increasing politicization is damaging the institution’s reputation” in addition to the department as an entire, and he requested the Air Force Academy to substantiate the coaching occurred and reply a number of questions concerning it.

Fox News Digital first reported on Thursday the coaching that suggested cadets to make use of “gender-neutral” language within the identify of inclusivity.

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."

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)

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."

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)

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."

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)

A spokesperson for the Air Force denied to Fox News Digital that cadets couldn’t use the phrases, although the unique report detailed cadets have been informed they need to not use the phrases.

“The Air Force Academy does not prohibit the use of ‘mom and dad’ or other gender-specific terms,” the spokesperson stated. “The recent briefing on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented; the slide in question was not intended to stand alone.”

“First and foremost, the briefing centered on respect for others and the warfighting imperative of leveraging diverse perspectives to solve our nation’s most difficult national security problems,” the spokesperson continued. “Our strategic competitors are doing the opposite. Our American diversity is a strategic advantage and opens the door to creative solutions, providing a competitive edge in air, space and cyberspace.”

The Air Force denied to Fox News Digital that cadets could not use the terms "mom" and "dad," though the original report detailed how cadets were told they should not use the terms.

The Air Force denied to Fox News Digital that cadets couldn’t use the phrases “mom” and “dad,” although the unique report detailed how cadets have been informed they need to not use the phrases.
(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The spokesperson stated the “slide on ‘inclusive language’ was intended to demonstrate how respect for others should be used to build inclusive teams, producing more effective warfighting units.”

“Understanding a person’s context shows respect,” they added. “Until you know a person’s situation, we should not make assumptions about them.”

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

“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.’”

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“Not ‘Colorblind’ or ‘I don’t see color,’ but Color Conscious,” it provides. “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness.”

The paperwork have been shared with Fox News Digital by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, who stated the supplies had alarmed cadets. Fox News Digital verified the paperwork’ authenticity.



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