You’re Kidding, Right? The Air Force Said ‘Boy’ And ‘Girl’ Are Offensive Words?


The U.S. Air Force has certainly had its squabbles lately. There are two involving Mikey Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) just this year at Langley Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio, Texas, and Barksdale Air Force Base at Bossier City, Louisana.

But now Joint Base San Antonio, located in south Texas, has decided to become politically correct by telling their personnel via email that,

‘Boy’ and ‘girl’ “may be construed as offensive words. To be more ridiculous there are eight other words and phrases on the list:


3. You People

4. Colonial

5. Blacklist

6. Blackmail

7. Blackball

8. Sounds Greek to me

9. Blondes have more fun

10. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

It is obvious that Marilyn Monroe is spinning in her grave and the Kansas City Chiefs & Washington Redskins are shaking in their boots.

OK, just kidding.

But seriously, the story has even gone internationally. The UK’s Daily Mail has even picked it up.

So what happened here? A senior Air Force leader at the base sent out an email to base personnel with a caution that they “may be construed offensive.” An attachment to the email contained the ten words and phrases and included:

Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 per cent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate. Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.

A concerned airman sent a copy of the email to Todd Starnes at Fox News who interpreted the message to mean they should not be used on or off the base. After contacting the public affairs office on the base, Starnes received a reply:

The Air Force has no list of prohibited terms. It was sent out by an individual simply reminding Airmen to be respectful to others.

Starnes opined:

This is a case of the Air Force getting caught red-handed trying to advance a politically correct agenda. And now that I’ve got a copy of the evidence, they are attempting to whitewash the situation.

It’s time for Defense Secretary James Mattis to root out political correctness in the Armed Forces. We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish.

Most active service members and veterans would certainly agree that political correctness does not belong in the military.

By the way, this story is not posted on the Joint Base San Antonio news website.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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