Sexual Discrimination at the United States Air Force Academy

Essay by jburrowUniversity, Master'sA+, May 2004

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The following paper will analyze the United States Air Force's policy prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. Specifically looking at the most prevalent discrimination issue the Air Force currently is targeting, sexual discrimination at the United States Air Force Academy. I will include a discussion of strengths and weakness of the existing policy and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the policy and the overall organizational implementation.

Princeton, Harvard, Yale, when you think of elite schools of higher education, these those names that stand out in your mind. However, there another university, although not included in the Ivy League, that is an elite institution of higher education. I am speaking of the United States Air Force Academy. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it ranked the Air Force Academy sixth in the nation, when the magazine released its America's Best Colleges 2004 edition (Academy 1).

The Air Force Academy has been educating future commissioned officers of the United States Air Force since 1955, the first women cadet entered the Academy in 1976 and have been graduating since 1980.

In total, 36,010 cadets from 44 classes have received diplomas and commissions from the institution, including 2,921 women. On the surface the statistics sound solid, however, internally the institution is crumbling. A major shift in the leadership is occurring at this institution. One of the nation's elite institutions has turned opportunity into a nightmare for many women who enrolled in the Academy to serve their country. The entire Air Force is ashamed at what has happened there, and should be held responsible for fostering the climate that allowed it (Knight 1).

What could be the problem at such an elite institution? Women are and have been the victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment so severe, it culminated in...