About D&I in AETC

Air Education and Training Command leaders are diligently working to remove barriers, promote mutual respect, and encourage tough conversations in safe spaces.

The First Command is leading efforts to strengthen diversity through deliberate actions to raise awareness about opportunities; developing partnerships with underrepresented groups; removing barriers to serve and providing mentorship to our current force.

 Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-7001, Diversity & Inclusion, broadly defines diversity as “a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities consistent with the Air Force Core Values and the Air Force Mission. Air Force diversity includes, but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural knowledge, educational background, work experience, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, age, race, ethnicity, and gender.” The Air Force increases its warfighting capabilities and lethality by attracting talent from a diverse body of applicants and leveraging their unique characteristics, experiences, and abilities.


Learn more about the U.S. Air Force Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy here. 


Diversity and Inclusion Videos

Video by Andriy Agashchuk, Marcelo Joniaux, Tech. Sgt. Tenelle Marshall
Real Talk: Race and Diversity in the Air Force - June 17, 2021
502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
June 17, 2021 | 48:52
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, hosts the seventh episode of Real Talk: Race and Diversity in the Air Force, June 17th, 2021. Joining Lt. Gen. Webb for this episode will be: Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, Incoming AETC Director of Operations.

Technical training now includes respect as part of curriculum

Military trainees in class.

Basic Trainees under the 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 participate in academic class-work at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2020.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO- RANDOLPH, Texas -- A cultural development course delivered to Airmen during their initial technical training is adding a new topic to their mandatory curriculum: respect.

Airmanship 200 is the second of three development courses that new Airmen receive to impart a common understanding of Air Force values through guided discussions. It bridges the gap between the Airmanship 100 course at Basic Military Training and Airmanship 300, which is offered at the First Term Airman Center.

An instruction block on respect was previously available as one of several optional supplements military training flights could include in their Airmanship 200 program. A memorandum released March 4 by Maj. Gen. Andrea Tullos, 2nd Air Force commander, made the instruction block compulsory, adding it to another four required lesson blocks, covering Identity, Ownership, Self-Discipline and Decision-Making.

The decision to add the new mandatory curriculum on respect came about in recognition of the importance of diversity in our Air Force.

“Respect was chosen to be included as a core lesson because our Airmen need to have awareness of our diverse culture and the important role every Airman plays in supporting our National Defense Strategy,” said Master Sgt. Kristen Jordan, 2nd Air Force military training leader functional manager.

Senior Airman Courtney Collins, 335th Training Readiness Squadron, recently completed Airmanship 200 and found the discussion on respect to be especially valuable to younger Airmen.

“Respect is the foundation for professional and personal relationships, no matter your rank,” Collins said.

The Airmanship series stemmed from a working group in 2019 that identified a need for reshaping and defining Airmanship in early development stages for Airmen.  The intent is to ensure deliberate development in a stair-step approach at the appropriate times.

According to Jordan, development does not end at the completion of the three Airmanship courses.

“The ultimate goal is to develop Airmanship all the way through the 900-level so that even the highest enlisted Airmen are continually developing their skills as leaders and warriors,” she said.

To accelerate Air Force aircrew diversity efforts and safely meet accession demands during the ongoing study, critical flying CEA carrier fields and applicable aircraft were surveyed at the request of Air Education and Training Command leadership. Based on preliminary data, interim height standards have been established for specific CEA Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs), and are effective immediately. (U.S. Air Force graphic / Master Sgt. Caitlin Jones Martin)
Recognizing the value of having and developing agile thinkers at all levels of the Air Force who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, Air Education and Training Command leaders have taken deliberate actions focused on diversity and inclusion for both recruits and current Airmen and Guardians. At 19th Air Force, several initiatives have been undertaken to identify and eliminate structural bias undergraduate flying training pipeline processes and syllabi in order to better foster an environment of dignity, respect, mentorship and inclusion through improved dialogue, training and professional development.
AFRS’ Detachment 1 was activated in October 2018 and develops innovative programs in support of the service’s Total Force (active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve) recruiting efforts. Members of the detachment focus on pre-accession audiences (youths, young adults and their influencers) and work with partners to provide pathways to accession sources like The U.S. Air Force Academy, ROTC and Officer Training School.
As part of the Air Force's efforts to provide early exposure to aviation to raise awareness of potential opportunities to serve among diverse youth, the Air Force Recruiting Service and AFRS Det.1 active-duty Aviation Inspiration Mentors facilitate programs like Pathway to Wings and Aim High Flight Academies. Additional programs are run through Air University's Headquarters Reserve Officer Training Corps and Junior ROTC programs, including scholarships and a flight academy.
Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy is the Air Force’s flight plan to strengthen diversity within rated career fields through three overarching goals: Attract and recruit the best talent from diverse backgrounds to cultivate a high performing and innovative Air Force reflective of the best of our nation. Develop and retain the Air Force’s best rated aircrew by harnessing diversity as a force-multiplier and fostering a culture of inclusion. Optimize diversity advancement efforts by leveraging data driven approaches.