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An Imperfect Understanding: The Air Forces Transition to Diversity and Inclusion

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Headquarters US Air Force Washington United States

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This change initiative bears striking similarities to the Air Forces current diversity and inclusion program. The services senior leaders have determined that diversity and inclusion are requisites for effective operations, and in March 2015 they unveiled new proposals for increasing them within the Air Force.2 Designed to strengthen the service, the nine diversity and inclusion initiatives should be a good thing. However, like Beane and Brand, these leaders face considerable resistance. Airmen are deeply concerned, and many of them have openly criticized the proposals.3 They have labeled these measures discriminatory quotas that will lead to preferential treatment and arbitrary actions that have little regard for second- and third-order effects.4 However, as in Moneyball, there seems to be an imperfect understanding of the problem in the Air Force, and the polemic nature of the topic dissuades serious, forthright discussion of the proposals.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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