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RAF recruiting chief reportedly resigns after service temporarily suspends hiring of white men, minorities

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Last year, RAF Field Marshal Mike Wigston pledged to the Royal Air Force (RAF) to double the number of women recruited to 40% by 2030, and to double the number of minorities recruited to 20%. called for a “substantial” change in

the head of British Air Force According to Sky News, the hiring team has stepped down amid concerns that the service has suspended hiring white men in favor of minorities and women to address diversity-related issues.

The news outlet, citing unnamed defense sources, said the director of the unnamed senior women’s office, the RAF, protested an “effective moratorium” on white male recruitment days ago. said he had resigned to

Sources argued that such a suspension could undermine the RAF’s combat strength, blaming the service for trying to achieve an “impossible” diversity goal.

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One insider said Britain is currently facing a ‘1937 moment’, with Secretary of War General Sir Patrick Sanders likening modern security challenges to those of the preparatory phase of World War II. I remember claiming that

“Then look at the RAF’s head. [Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston] And he is ready to break the Air Force’s operational requirements just to meet diversity [targets]I think he needs to be pulled over by the Defense Department and told, ‘This is a defense agenda, go for it,'” the source added.

A spokesperson for former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, one of the two remaining Tory candidates to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, told Sky News: the color of your skin. ”

“It is not only shameful, but dangerous, to allow the Ministry of Defense to potentially jeopardize Britain’s security by promoting so-called ‘diversity’,” the official said. did.

However, an RAF spokesperson denied the allegations, claiming that “there is no moratorium on RAF recruitment and no new policy regarding meeting annual recruitment requirements”.

A spokesperson claimed that RAF commanders “will not hesitate to face the challenges they face in building a service that attracts and recruits talent from all parts of the UK workforce”.

A spokesperson said: “Like the Royal Navy and Army, we encourage recruitment from underrepresented groups and do everything we can to ensure a diverse workforce. The Royal Air Force has a reputation for operational excellence.It is based on the quality of all our employees.We always strive to hire the best talent available.”

In December 2021, Admiral Sir Tony Ruddakin made it clear in his first speech as Secretary of War that he expects RAF chiefs to make diversity a priority.

Diversity isn’t about ‘awakening’, he said at the time, saying, ‘It’s about misery. The misery of too few women. The misery of not reflecting.

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The remarks came after the RAF pledged to use “targeted interventions” within a legal framework of “positive action” to meet its diversity goals.

This means that women and minorities are prioritized over recruiting white men when candidates for internal appointments are considered equally talented and capable.



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