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Diversity Within the U.S. Air Force Senior Leadership

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The United States Air Force is committed to equal opportunity and diversity within its ranks. According to the Secretary of the Air Force, The strength of the Air Force comes from our people and in large measure from our diversity.1 The Air Force Chief of Staff expressed his belief that Air Force capabilities and warfighting skills are enhanced by diversity among its airmen that diversity provides the Air Force a source of strength, capabilities and perspectives and that each airman should be enabled to succeed and reach their full potential.2 With such a strong endorsement for the value of diversity from the Air Forces topmost leadership, one would expect the diversity of the officer corps, and more importantly, the general officer corps to be comparable to that of the American labor force with a similar educational background. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Both females and minorities are under-represented in the officer corps and its most senior ranks

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