Oversight and Accountability for Discrimination in Naval Aviation

Oversight and Accountability for Discrimination in Naval Aviation

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In 1949 Jesse Brown became the first Black fighter pilot in Navy history. Seventy-two years later there are still only 24 Black fighter pilots in the Navy—all men. In July 2020 the Navy winged its FIRST Black woman Navy jet pilot after 47 years of women serving in aviation. Out of more than 7,000 Naval Aviators only around FIVE of them are Black women. 

Something is wrong here.

These numbers are simply indefensible and indicate systemic failures that Navy leadership has been unable and unwilling to address for decades. As a matter of national security, the time has come for outside oversight to ensure the Navy adheres to its Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

To begin addressing these longstanding problems, the following solutions are a first step to “righting the ship:”

1.   Maintain video records of all training flights – The only flight training records that currently exist are the written opinions of individual instructor pilots. As seen in cases of police brutality with body cam footage and bystander video, cameras do not lie. Without video evidence there is too much bias in grading, which ultimately leads to the total lack of diversity currently seen in Naval Aviation.

2.   Minority and Women Pilot Attrition Review Committee – The current system has proven itself incapable of accurately evaluating the performance of minority and women pilots. Therefore, a representative committee must be established to review the flight training records of any minority or woman pilot processed for flight status termination and then make recommendations to the Service Secretary.

3.   Congressional Commission to oversee diversity efforts in military aviation – Every other year conduct a comprehensive review of force demographics and discrimination complaint data to track overall progress in achieving established goals. Possess the authorization to redirect budgetary funds as necessary to ensure compliance with those goals. Maintain final approval authority for any minority or woman pilot recommended for flight status termination.

Every day we wait to take corrective action delays progress for generations. Change in the military is a slow process. It takes decades for an individual to rise through the ranks and assume a position of senior leadership. We will not achieve the full effects of these changes until today’s recruits become tomorrow’s commanders. The time to act is NOW.

Sign this petition and send a strong message to Navy leaders and Congress that we expect better, we demand better, and we can do better!

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