An Inspirational Story Of Breaking Barriers Within The United States Military

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The Tuskegee Airmen The following will be an inspirational story of breaking barriers within the United States military. Senior Enlisted Leaders must be aware of military history, because it will help to prevent past mistakes from repeating themselves. This paper will bring to light the Tuskegee Airmen experiment and knowing their significance to the United States military, looking at three key areas, the history, evolution, and the effects that resulted from the Tuskegee Airmen experiment. History African Americans serving in greater roles within the United States military has been a struggle for centuries. The opportunities offered to African Americans were always very limited and controversial. Exclusion and racial discrimination were based on the principal attitude in the United States and the U.S. Military that African Americans did not possess the aptitude, intellectual capacity, and the skills to be successful fighter pilots. Pressure from political groups resulted in the formation of the Tuskegee Airman experiment (Redtail, n.d.). During WWII, the Tuskegee airmen were the first African Americans to serve as U.S. military pilots. Although, subjected to racial discrimination, the 996 aviators and more than 15,000 ground personnel would earn 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements and credited with some 15,500 combat sorties. The highly publicized successes of the Tuskegee Airmen helped pave the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. Armed Forces under President Harry Truman in 1948 (History, 2009). The Tuskegee Airmen shared an experience unique to its time. The experiences of these pioneers opened doors that led to opportunities for others to enter, one could argue that this experiment of the... ... middle of paper ... ...skegee Airmen experiment and knowing the significance to the United States military, it looked at three key areas, the history, evolution, and the effects that resulted from the Tuskegee Airmen experiment. Senior Enlisted Leaders must be aware of military history, because it will help to prevent past mistakes from repeating themselves. In closing, Although, the U.S. Military has made progress with integration, the actual data presented shows that there is still a ways to go to improve the overall numbers of African American pilots within the military. The United States military leads the way for society, and should continue to do so into the future with analyzing and acting on achieving higher numbers of African American pilots in the military. This is the only path in ensuring the United States continues to be the most powerful and diverse military in the world.

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