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Racial disparity reported in Air Force: report

Racial disparity reported in Air Force: report
Black U.S. Air Force and Space Force service members are much more likely to be investigated, arrested, disciplined and discharged for misconduct, a new report studying racial disparities has found.

Air Force and Space Force service members are much more likely to be investigated, arrested, disciplined and discharged for misconduct, a new report studying racial disparities has found.Air Force (Michael Sohn/AP) The review, commissioned in June, examined racial disparities only, the Air Force said.In addition, time did not permit a deeper dive into the root causes of racial disparities, though “the intent was that root cause analyses would follow completion of the review, as necessary,” the Department of the Air Force said in a statement upon releasing the report Monday.“The IG team conducting the review received a large volume of firsthand accounts of experiences with bias, as well as individual acts of racism,” the Air Force Inspector General’s office said.

The reviewers examined Air Force military justice data dating back to 2012, as well as data on career development and opportunities when it came to civilian, enlisted and officer ranks, and reviewed “all pertinent personnel and legal Air Force instructions and related publications,” the Air Force said.The Air Force Inspector General office also analyzed more than 123,000 responses elicited by a racial disparity survey throughout the force that included “more than 27,000 single-space pages of feedback from members,” the office said.

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