Culture, Climate & Diversity
“Respect in the Profession of Arms goes beyond professional courtesy. It means accepting others for who they are, embracing a heightened personal sense of humility and fostering an environment of inclusiveness in which every Airman is able and eager to offer their contributions and employ their skills, abilities and ideas. It means treating the equipment and resources in our possession with care, understanding and embracing the power of diversity and holding those who mistreat others accountable.” — Contrails, Volume 62
Diversity in all its forms is critical to success at the United States Air Force Academy, just as it is in the Air Force. Different backgrounds, experiences and frames of thought contribute to stronger teams and continued innovation. When deciding how to act, Air Force leaders of character comprehend moral knowledge and ethical alternatives, respect the dignity of all affected persons, use ethical judgment in moral decision making as leaders to select the best alternative, and act consistently with that judgment so as to develop habits of moral excellence. USAFA graduates will be able to:
Proficiency 1: Explain the main theoretical approaches to normative ethics.
Proficiency 2: Explain how social science facts and theories relate to the cultivation of ethical and legal norms.
Proficiency 3: Describe how one’s own backgrounds, habits, values, assumptions, commitments and hubris may affect one’s perceptions of ethical standards and behaviors.
Proficiency 4: Defend the existence of moral knowledge against challenges.
Proficiency 5: Uphold the existence of the ethical and legal foundations of the USAF mission.
Respect the Dignity of Others
Proficiency 6: Demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes with others, including fair and equitable treatment of others and consideration of another person’s basic human rights.
Proficiency 7: Understand the perspectives of others.
Proficiency 8: Act in response to violations of human dignity, especially degrading and humiliating treatment.
Proficiency 9: Leverage the value of differences in perspectives, approaches, preferences, race, gender, background, religion, experience, generation, thought and other factors for mission accomplishment and foster an environment of inclusion.
Moral Decision Making in Leadership
Proficiency 10: Act in accord with procedures that integrate ethical theory, psychological and sociological facts, and principles of the profession of arms as part of a transparent process for deliberation and decision-making.
Proficiency 11: Analyze the consequences of actions in a context that includes social and political systems that both enable and challenge one’s ability to lead effectively.
Habits of Moral Excellence
Proficiency 12: Promote Air Force Core Values through goals, actions, and referent behaviors.
Proficiency 13: Develop trust and commitment through words and actions.
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