Air Force Leaders Comment on Diversity and Intolerance

November 19, 2004

Source: Air Force Print News

On November 19, 2004 Air Force Print News reported, "Air Force leaders said the service’s capability to function as a team and accomplish its mission depends on respecting diversity. Leaders reinforced that basic tenet in light of recent feedback from U.S. Air Force Academy cadets who said they felt pressured to participate in religious activities that were not in line with their own personal beliefs. Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Jr. reported the feedback to the school's board of visitors meeting Nov. 16 in Washington. In surveys done in August, more than 30 percent of non-Christian students said Christian cadets are given preferential treatment, while less than 10 percent of Christian students felt that way. Only a little more than half of non-Christian students reported they 'have not felt pressure to be involved in religion' at the academy."