New Air Force guidance recommended by an LGBTQ inclusion panel calls for proper use of “gender pronouns in order to ensure “clear and effective communication,” Stars and Stripes reports.
According to the outlet:
Citing the need for clear and effective communication, the Air Force has authorized the optional use of gender pronouns he/him, she/her and they/them in electronic signature blocks for official email correspondence.
The mandatory update will be included in the Air Force handbook, The Tongue and Quill, the service’s leading reference on writing and speaking, said an Air Force memorandum issued earlier this month.
“An inclusive force is a mission-ready force, and I’m thankful to the LGBTQ Initiatives Team for helping us realize this opportunity to be a more inclusive force,” Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said in a statement Monday.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Initiative Team, was formed earlier this year by the Biden regime in a vital national security effort “to identify and work to resolve issues that impede the success of LGBTQ airmen and Guardians,” the outlet reported, citing Air Force guidance.
The initiative is the result of an “awareness of a restrictive policy that was being used against transgender Airmen and Guardians who were authentically representing themselves,” Lt. Col. Bree Fram, a co-lead of the initiative’s team, noted in a statement.
Stars and Stripes continues:
The Dec. 9 memorandum directing the change was sent to major commands and other Air Force agencies. It spells out how to appropriately close official email. It is available online at https://www.e-publishing.af.mil.
According to the memorandum, the signature block should be restricted to name, rank, service affiliation, duty title, organization name, appropriate phone numbers and social media contact information.
“Sometimes we inadvertently exclude members of our audience by falling into communication traps involving references to race, religion, ethnicity or sex,” the email advised. “Knowing your audience and adhering to good taste and sensitivity will keep you in check.”
“Do not add slogans, quotes or other personalization to an official e-mail/social media signature block,” the document says. “The use of pronouns (he/him, she/her, or they/them) in an email signature block is authorized but not required.”
The directive drew a lot of pushback from military veterans and other critics.
“In an effort to overtake the Navy as the most ridiculous military branch, the Air Force has now started putting pronouns in official document signature blocks. What a joke,” Kurt Schlichter, a retired Army infantry colonel with a master’s in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, said in a tweet.
“We will lose the next war. And that’s no joke,” he added.
In an effort to overtake the Navy as the most ridiculous military branch, the Air Force has now started putting pronouns in official document signature blocks. What a joke.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 20, 2021
Should I start trying to learn Mandarin?
— Kevin Shanley (@gofastdieyoung1) December 20, 2021
Welp, we had a great run
— Daniel 🇺🇸 (@danielebel) December 20, 2021
After reading this, I honestly thought it was an Onion or Babylon Bee. Made up words and names and shit.
— winstonsmithUS (@Tracysm97778071) December 21, 2021
While the @usairforce is pro-nouning the Chinese and Russian air forces will be building thrones from American skulls (see @JesseKellyDC) to rule this country from. What a joke and embarrassment.🤦🏼♂️
— 🇺🇸Col. Rob Maness ret. (@RobManess) December 20, 2021