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Air Force takes steps to ensure disciplinary action is impartial

Air Force takes steps to ensure disciplinary action is impartial
The Air Force has begun tracking the demographics of some disciplinary actions to determine if punishment is meted out impartially.

Air Force takes steps to ensure disciplinary action is impartial Airmen salute during a ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.The Air Force has directed commanders to begin collecting airmen’s ranks, age, gender, race and ethnicity when meting out discipline such as letters of reprimand to determine if discipline is being meted out impartially, it announced in January 2021.STARS AND STRIPES The Air Force has begun tracking the demographics of some disciplinary actions to determine if punishment is meted out impartially.Commanders have been told to collect airmen’s rank, age, gender, race and ethnicity in “lesser disciplinary actions,” including administrative counseling, admonishments and reprimands, and submit the data to installation staff judge advocates, the Air Force said in a statement Tuesday.

The move follows an Air Force inspector general report published last month, which found racial disparities in the military justice system for Black service members of the Air Force and Space Force.Jeffrey Rockwell, the judge advocate general for the Department of the Air Force, said in a statement.

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