According to the Daily Caller, the Air Force just announced that they will implement mandatory diversity quotas for filling key positions.
Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost diversity.
Those nine initiatives weren’t enough to make the Air Force as diverse as desired, which is why it is taking more intensive steps in 2016.
The first new initiative mandates that at least one diverse candidate will have to be in the running for important developmental positions like aide-de camp, senior enlisted advisor and executive officer, among other roles.
“This initiative will require that the pool of Airmen considered for key military developmental positions… include at least one qualified, diverse candidate,” the Air Force’s new fact sheet reads, before going on to say that mandating diverse candidates in the selection pool does not mandate actually hiring that diverse candidate for the position.
Even with that caveat, who’s to say that the people doing the hiring are going to listen? They don’t want to be punished for not hiring diverse people. They don’t want to be considered the next racist, sexist or homophobe that makes headlines.