Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bills in Congress for Air Force to accept hearing-impaired

Background (from March 08, 2011)
Molten Eagle had asked, after Female Submariners: What Will Be the Next "Right Thing to Do"?  

We thoughtfully posed the following question at the time:

"Currently, Sonar Technicians must have fairly acute hearing, although automation and hearing aids will someday overcome human ineptitude. Is their any good legal reason, however, nuclear personnel and officers must be fully hearing capable? That is what we thought."

Fast Forward about Three and a half years to Now
Sep. 16, 2014 (AP)  AirForce
Deaf students push for admission to Air Force

MORGANTON, N.C. — Students and teachers at the North Carolina School for the Deaf are pushing for the right of the hearing-impaired to serve in the military.

The News-Herald of Morganton reported that students and teachers from the school went to Washington, D.C., late last week to push for legislation that would allow a test group to enlist in the Air Force.

They endorsed two bills in Congress that would require the Air Force to carry out a program to assess the feasibility of giving people with hearing problems the right to become officers.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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