Company Paid $10,000 To Teach Airmen How To Smooch
The Air Force has awarded a new $10,000 dollar contract to teach airmen information critical to the service’s mission: how to properly kiss.
The Date Safe Project received the contract late last week from the Air Force’s 7th Operations Support Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, The Free Beacon reports.
It will be run by Mike Domitrz, a speaker on sexual assault. The three multimedia trainings are entitled “May I Kiss You Training,” and are designed to address issues of consent and bystander intervention. Each training session will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes and uses a “unique combination of humor and dramatic story telling” to inform how to properly ask a partner before kissing or engaging in other intimate activities. Airmen will also be taught how to intervene in the event that they see alcohol being used in a potential lead-up to sexual assault, as well as the right steps to take in supporting a victim of sexual assault.
“If we fail to provide this much needed insightful education opportunity, then our efforts in educating Airmen about individual situational awareness and watching out for one another is extremely hindered,” the Air Force stated in a filing. “By not providing this education, we risk the potential to negatively impact our Airmen and subsequently the mission.”
Although this will be the first time Domitrz has contracted with the Air Force, he has had plenty of experience in training other branches of the military, bringing in approximately $325,000 dollars a year for training sessions at 50 different bases around the country. For the upcoming events, Domitrz will receive $7,500 dollars for a day of training, as well as $2,500 for the two other sessions.
How to kiss properly is a major area of discussion for Domitrz. His company sells T-shirts and an advice book called “May I Kiss You.”
A zealous focus on routing out sexual assault has taken the military by storm over the past several years.
“The military is being pressured to pursue unjust prosecutions even more than colleges and universities, and the worst of it is yet to come,” said Elaine Donnelly, director of the Center for Military Readiness, according to the Washington Times. In the fervor, objections to the new sexual assault emphasis in the Pentagon have largely been ignored. In 2013, Pentagon lawyer Lindsay Rodman argued the problem of sexual assault is being exaggerated.
“The agenda should be to identify the problem, to come up with a solution,” Rodman told USA Today. “That’s not what I see happening right now.”
The Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office is home to 17,000 volunteers, in addition to 1,000 certified response coordinators.
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