The head of the British Air Force’s (RAF) recruiting department is said to have resigned in protest at ‘a pause’ in hiring white men in favor of women and ethnic minorities. The policy could undermine combat power.
Sources within the Royal Air Force (RAF) have told Sky News that the senior female recruiting chief has tendered her resignation. She is said to have done so for fear that restrictions on recruiting new personnel – even if temporary – could undermine the RAF’s fighting power.
Safety at risk
The whistleblowers accuse RAF Chief Sir Mike Wigston of appearing willing to jeopardize British security to meet ‘impossible’ diversity goals while the threat from Russia and China only grows.
General Sir Patrick Sanders, the army chief, recently compared today’s security challenges to the build-up to World War II. He warned that the UK is facing its ‘1937 moment’. “Then you look at the head of the RAF, and he’s prepared to break the operational requirement of the air force just to meet diversity [targets],” the source said. “I think he needs to be hauled up by the Ministry of Defence and told: This is the defense agenda; get on it.”
‘Content of your character.’
Rishi Sunak, one of two candidates to replace the departed Boris Johnson as prime minister, has responded to allegations of potentially security-undermining diversity policies. His campaign spokesperson said:
The only thing that should matter in recruitment is the content of your character, not your sex or the color of your skin.
“That the Ministry of Defense would allow Britain’s security to potentially be put at risk by a drive for so-called ‘diversity’ is not only disgraceful but also dangerous.”
Former minister Sajid Javid (including the Interior and Health) agrees. “I don’t think any organization, be it the RAF or any other public or private organization, should be recruiting based on one’s race,” he told Sky News.
RAF disputes allegations
In somewhat cryptic language, an RAF spokesman disputed the allegations. “There is no pause in Royal Air Force recruitment and no new policy with regards to meeting in-year recruitment requirements.”. He added: “The RAF commanders will not shy away from the challenges we face in building a service that attracts and recruits talent from every part of the British workforce. As with the Royal Navy and the British Army, we are doing everything we can to encourage recruitment from under-represented groups and ensure we have a diverse workforce.”
The RAF spokesperson said nothing about the alleged departure of the head of the recruitment department, as it never commented on individuals.