The Royal Air Force has admitted for the first time that black applicants are significantly more likely to fail its selection tests than their white counterparts.
Documents seen by The Telegraph reveal that white and Asian applicants to the RAF consistently score up to 36 per cent higher than black candidates on tests of technical skills and spatial awareness.
Defence chiefs have insisted the Airwoman and Airmen’s Selection Tests (ASTs) had been proven not to be biased against any ethnicity, and blamed the disparity on “underlying inequality” in education.
“It is also important to recognise there can actually be true differences between groups,” the RAF added in a statement.
Differences between groups? Anathema!
What would be interesting would be to see the gender differences as well. For we do tend to think that – on average – there are differences there in such things as spatial awareness.
BIS Test of Spatial Aptitude 2015-2020
Ethnicity declared / five-year average score
Any Chinese Background 60.1
Asian Indian 50.1
Black African 40.6
Black Caribbean 44.0
Mixed Black Caribbean And White 51.4
White British 55.4