WASHINGTON – Kali Service members in the Air Force are expected to investigate, arrest and be discharged for misconduct, according to a new report looking into arrests, arrests, disciplinary actions, and racial disparities in service.
The Air Force Inspector General’s report, released on Monday, said that black members of the Air Force and Space Force are less likely to be promoted to higher enlisted and officer ranks, and one-third of them believe they Do not get the same opportunities as their white peers. And concluded that “racial inequality exists” for Black Service members, but that the data does not explain why this happens.
Reports come that the Pentagon struggles with a broader effort to expand diversity within the ranks. The Department of Defense last week supported a new slate of initiatives to aggressively recruit, retain and promote a more racially and racially diverse force. And it planned to ban participation by service members in hate groups and draft proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The report of the Air Force IG has outlined figures for racial disparities that have long been questionable. It said a large number of Black Service members reported experiences with prejudice and racism. While those reports were difficult to verify within the study, the review concluded that “it was reasonable to conclude that individual acts of racism occurred in the Air Force Department.”
For example, a Black Squadron commander was interviewed, who stated that the only mentions he received during his career were from other Black leaders. And he said that many times members of the Black Service make a mistake, and that ends their career.
He said, “If you don’t fall behind someone who helps you look like you, you don’t have to.” “Kali Seva members need to work twice as hard and you can’t mess up.”
Validations of discrimination cut ranks. Half of the black survey respondents said they were discriminated against because of their race. And 45 percent of Black general officers – they range from one-star to four-star generals – said they have experienced discrimination. In contrast, 94% of white general officials said they did not face discrimination on the basis of their race.
Senior Air Force and Space Force leaders asked for updates within 60 days on how to address a range of issues, including disparity in discipline and 60% of Black Service members surveyed saying they do not get the benefit of their Doubt as white peers if they get into trouble.
Air Force chief of staff General Charles Brown Jr. said service leaders should rebuild trust with their force.
Brown, the first black man to lead the Air Force, said, “Racial inequality is not an easy subject and we don’t traditionally talk about our multiple levels of command.” “Now we all must move forward with meaningful, lasting and lasting change.”
Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said leaders would take appropriate steps to remove barriers and expand mentorship and other programs to encourage diversity.
The IG’s review examined military justice process data dating back to 2012, promotion rates and other opportunities given to service members, conducted interviews, and a survey that saw more than 123,000 responses. Officials said it focused solely on members of the Black Service to complete the review, but subsequent changes would apply more widely to other minority groups.
Specifically, the review found that enlisted Black Service members were 57% more likely than whites to face court-martial and 72% more likely to receive non-judicial punishment as a result of the investigation. Black soldiers were twice as likely to be arrested by security and young black-listed members were twice as likely to be inadvertently discharged for misconduct. Black soldiers are also investigated and convicted of sexual assault.
However, the report states that those who join forces with a moral exemption – whether they are black or white – are more likely to face discipline problems. A moral waiver is required to recruit with previous criminal defects such as assault, drunk driving or marijuana use.
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