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The U.S. Air Force is dropping the height to attract more female pilots

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – The United States Air Force has removed the minimum height requirement for potential pilots because it would encourage a more diverse group of applicants, especially women.

Previously, the Air Force should have been applicants from officers who wanted to fly between 162.5 cm and 195.6 cm in length, with a seat height of 86 to 102 inches (34 to 40 inches).

Under the modified policy, which entered into force on May 13, applicants who are less than 1.80 meters or taller than 1.20 meters are no longer required to submit an exemption.

While most height waivers were approved, the restriction effectively eliminated about 44 percent of the U.S. female population between the ages of 20 and 29, the Air Force said.

“We are really focused on identifying and eliminating barriers to serving in the Air Force,” said Gwendolyn DeFilippi, an assistant deputy chief of staff for Air Force personnel, personnel, and services, in a statement.

“This is a huge win, especially for women and minority minorities who previously thought they were not qualified to join our team.”

Removing the blanket height standard, the Air Force said it would use an anthropometric screening process to place applicants on airplanes that they can fly safely.

The policy will allow the Air Force to “accommodate a larger and more diverse assessed candidate base within existing aircraft restrictions,” said Lt. Col. Jessica Ruttenber, the Air Force’s mobility planner and programmer, who led the adjustment of altitude standards.

Historically, she added, planes were designed around the average man’s height.

The average height of an American woman over 20 is 63.6 inches, or just over 5 feet 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average height of a man over 20 years old is 69 inches or 5 feet-9.

“While most height waivers were approved under the old system, feedback indicated that the entire exemption process served as a barrier, negatively impacting female valued accessions,” said Lt. Col. Christianne Opresko, an aerospace physiologist and the head of the division. air force. Air Crew Task Force.

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