Air Force sends mixed signals regarding taking ‘man’ out of ‘airman’

"You've got to know she's the sensitive kind" - J.J. Cale
“You’ve got to know she’s the sensitive kind” – J.J. Cale

The Secretary Den Mother of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, can’t quite make up her mind when it comes to ensuring that Barack Obama’s quest of instituting an androgynocracy in the one segment of American society where testosterone really matters – the US Armed Forces.

But she's wearing Top Gun sunglasses. That counts.
But she’s wearing Top Gun sunglasses. That counts… sort of.

As noted by the Air Force Times on Jan 14, “as the Air Force moves forward with integrating women into its six remaining male-only combat jobs, it will look at what it calls airmen.” Being a bit more specific, Air Force spokesperson of undetermined gender Rose Richeson said in an email, “The Air Force is dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness which enables all airmen to make their greatest contributions to mission success.”

But then Air Force SPOUG Richeson muddied the water by also adding, “While a review of job titles is not currently underway, we continually review all aspects of our programs and a review of job titles will be included as we proceed with the full integration of women into all Air Force occupational specialties.”10603791_773779569356240_1723532006465110708_n

The Air Force currently refers to the first four enlisted ranks — airman basic, airman, airman first class and senior airman — with the word “man” tacked on the end. It was also noted that “Airmen in the pararescue and special operations weather career fields are now commonly referred to as pararescuemen and weathermen.”

But just as quickly, the very next day the USAF executed a rather clumsy about face. As reported, “The Air Force is dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness which enables all airmen to make their greatest contributions to mission success.”CYaHE3lWAAAU1OV.jpg large

Not done yet, the mysterious email message referenced by the Air Force Times went on to state, “We will continually review all aspects of our program as we proceed with the full integration of women into all Air Force occupational specialties, however, a job title or rank nomenclature review is not currently underway nor being considered at this time.”