In an attempt to satisfy government-backed diversity objectives, Royal Air Force recruiters have allegedly been instructed to prioritize the hiring of ethnic minorities and women above white males.
In order to meet racial and gender diversity numbers set by the Conservative Party, recruiters within the British Royal Air Force have reportedly been instructed to hire more women and non-white candidates over white men, according to a report published on Saturday.
According to reports, air force insiders had previously stated that a “hold” had been imposed on the recruiting of white males, with diversity objectives highlighted as having a detrimental influence on the air force’s operational capability.
According to a report by Sky News, documents released to the network seem to corroborate the allegations.
According to the news organization, one document noted that the “Recruitment Force will prioritize female applicants” for “customer relationship management.”
According to another document, recruiters prioritized ethnic minorities, stating that “[t]he Recruitment Force continues to prefer BAME applicants from the VA for CRM, whereas Rec Ops prioritises its loading into BRTC [basic training course].”
According to an internal email viewed by Sky News, the organization has apparently abandoned suitability interviews for possible candidates, a decision at least one insider claims was intended to reduce the number of women and applicants from ethnic minorities who were eliminated by the procedure.
“Senior authorities exerted pressure and directed that all non-white and female applicants be given precedence in the processing of their applications,” a second source allegedly told the station.
“No consideration was given concerning their performance; as long as they are in line with the minimum standard, those people were prioritized for advancement,” they continued, “which essentially meant that white males were left behind in the process or given dates for testing after their peers who were prioritized.”
While overt discrimination in employment procedures is allegedly prohibited in Boris Johnson’s Britain, the leading Conservative Party has done nothing to revoke lawful discrimination for the purpose of creating a more diverse workplace in line with so-called “positive action” regulations.
The RAF seems to be working under this clause, with an insider claiming that management views the discrimination as “positive action” because the organization is allegedly “not denying non-prioritised applicants the freedom to move through the system given their protected characteristic.”
Such “positive action” has also been regularly advocated by members of the so-called Conservative Party, with the Armed Forces Minister of the United Kingdom, James Heappey, publicly supporting the campaign to employ more non-whites, so long as the RAF is doing so legally.
“We have requested that the Armed Forces to increase their diversity, but not allow courses to start with less than full students, we won’t accept any decrease of standards, and we will not accept any operational impact,” Heappey asserted, ostensibly in an attempt to be outraged at the idea of the RAF’s hiring process being lowered, but actually supporting it.
“We are happy for the chief of the air staff to examine what they might lawfully do in terms of constructive action, provided the criteria the Sec. of State [for Defence] and I have stated are satisfied,” he said.
Meanwhile, it has been stated that the Royal Air Force is failing to train new pilots for its supersonic planes owing to the large number of personnel departing the service.
Such issues, supposedly defined by a serving officer as the “greatest f*** mistake in the RAF,” might hinder the organization’s capacity to deploy aircraft in the event of a military confrontation.