In order to serve in our armed forces, one must undergo appropriate physical and mental training. From bootcamp to skills assessment, this is a serious and rigorous process.
It seems, however, the training does not stop there.
Once you graduate from bootcamp, if you’re unlucky enough to land at Lackland Air Force Base, you’ll have to go through additional training.
Memorize a list of words you’re not allowed to use because they “may be construed offensive.”
According to Townhall , an e-mail written by “a senior Air Force leader” was sent “to an untold number of personnel at Lackland Air Force Base” and advised them to study the offensive list of words and phrases.
“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the email read. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”
So what were some of the words and phrases on the list? “You people,” “colonial,” “blacklist,” “blackmail,” “blackball,” “sounds Greek to me,” “Blondes have more fun,” and “Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.”
Oh, wait. There are two more. Two more words that could be considered extraordinarily offensive: BOY and GIRL.
Yes, that’s right. Senior leaders in our armed forces are now warning air men to not use the words “boy” and “girl” because they could possibly offend someone.
Since when did it become the job of the armed forces to delicately dance around words and walk on eggshells?
Isn’t the role of the armed forces to protect the United States and its citizens from threats both foreign and domestic?
These memos do not sound like official Air Force business. It sounds more like an inner-office memo from a Gender Theory and Literature department or the latest crusade of a soft university.
What would you rather our service men do? Spend their time in training, drilling, surveilling?
Or, studying a list of words that might hurt someone’s feelings?