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Air Force Women’s Initiative Team champions women’s health care
September 20, 2021
— In the past year, the WIT’s Female-Specialized Health Care Programs have driven several policy changes. In February, hair standard policies were changed based on feedback received from Airmen who identified numerous health concerns around the bun...
Commentary: Equality in the force
August 26, 2021
— Women’s equality. It’s a challenge that has been around for years and continues to this day. One hundred and one years ago, women had just gained the right to vote through the passing of the 19th Amendment, a right that had been guaranteed to others based on their gender...
Air Force releases additional dress, appearance changes
August 12, 2021
— New dress and appearance updates will soon be released following feedback, testing from Airmen and reviews conducted as a part of the 2020 Air Force Uniform Board...
Air Force readdresses women’s hair standard after feedback
June 11, 2021
— The change addresses feedback received since the previous guidance was originally published. Specifically, women voiced concerns over difficulty related to securing hair in a manner that does not extend beyond the head...
AFIMSC releases diversity survey results
May 29, 2021
— Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center leaders recently released results of the AFIMSC section of the Air Force Materiel Command Diversity and Inclusion Survey conducted late last year...
Air Force follows revised DOD transgender policies
May 13, 2021
— In March 2021, the Department of Defense recognized transgender and gender non-conforming people and their continued struggle for equality, security and dignity...
Rated Preparatory Program now accepting applications for FY21 Fall class
April 19, 2021
— Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until May 25 to apply for the Fall 2021 Rated Preparatory Program...
Second IG Disparity Review Survey coming
April 12, 2021
— Beginning April 9, the Department of the Air Force will be seeking feedback through a survey for the second ongoing Inspector General Independent Disparity Review...
Air Force marks ongoing commitment to rated diversity with newly released strategy
March 17, 2021
— Air Force leaders officially released the service’s Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy March 17, marking the force’s ongoing commitment to attract, recruit, develop and retain a diverse rated corps...
AETC taking deliberate action focused on diversity, inclusion for recruits, Airmen
March 7, 2021
— Diversity and winning the next great power competition go hand-in-hand. 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...
Department of the Air Force leaders direct second IG Disparity Review
February 22, 2021
— The review follows the department’s 2020 Racial Disparity Review released in December 2020 and expands its focus into three additional racial categories (Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander), gender, and one additional ethnic category (Hispanic/Latinx)...
Charter lays out AFIMSC diversity, inclusion initiatives
February 11, 2021
— Armed with a recently approved charter to affirm its direction, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Council is working to create an organizational culture that fosters equality and equity throughout the enterprise...
Department of the Air Force institutes Office of Diversity and Inclusion
February 3, 2021
— In June 2020, former Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett stood up a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which has evolved into this new office. The organization will work directly for the secretary of the Air Force and continue to address the strategic impact of diversity, inclusion and equity on Airmen, Guardians and their families...
Air Force to allow longer braids, ponytails, bangs for women
January 21, 2021
— As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the underarm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes...
Department of the Air Force increases commander accountability for climate survey results
January 8, 2021
— The Department of the Air Force released a memorandum Dec. 21 highlighting improvements made to address concerns identified in Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey reports, a tool for leaders to assess command climate...
Leaders seek feedback on how to improve inclusion in the Army
September 29, 2020
— Army senior leaders continue to prioritize efforts to advance diversity, equality, and inclusion across the ranks, including a series of national listening sessions and finding ways to better select leaders...
Air Force publishes resources to support Airmen & Space Professionals in courageous conversations
July 19, 2020
— To equip leaders in leading those necessary conversations, the Department of the Air Force developed a resource list on race-specific issues, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, among others...
Air Force building more inclusive culture through Dress and Appearance updates
July 10, 2020
— The changes, as outlined in an Air Force Guidance Memorandum dated July 1, 2020, include the removal of subjective language and other rules that may have been creating unintentional or unfair barriers for Air and Space Force uniformed members...
AF releases implementation plans for latest diversity, inclusion initiatives
April 25, 2017
— Headquarters Air Force released finalized implementation plans following the second notification to Airmen relaying new diversity and inclusion initiatives on April 9, 2017...