The United States Air Force Academy is now promoting a specific fellowship that prohibits applications from ‘cisgender’ men, according to Fox News.
“If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority, this program is for you,” the application states. “If you are a cisgender man, this program isn’t for you… but we encourage you to check out our spinoff programs, the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship and the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program.”
From Fox News:
The USAFA’s email said the Brooke Owens Fellowship is a “nine-week paid internship at a leading aerospace company” and that any undergraduate who is a “woman or gender minority” is welcome to apply.
Another nine-week paid internship mentioned in the email, the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, is only available for Black cadets pursuing aerospace careers.
Fox News Digital obtained the email from a concerned cadet who requested anonymity in order to avoid retaliatory measures/professional repercussions. The cadet alleged that the USAFA is hyper-focused on diversity and inclusion (D&I) instead of the military threats the country faces.
“It’s a little worrying that we have more briefs about D&I than briefs about foreign adversaries, emerging technologies or current events across the world,” the cadet said.
Fox News Digital reported Thursday that a D&I training by the USAFA instructs cadets to use words that “include all genders” and to refrain from saying things like “mom” and “dad.”