The Pentagon says the Air Force Academy is in no danger of losing its ability to recruit minority candidates to its prep school, despite the possible deletion of legal language making that a priority.
Marine Major Stewart Upton, a Defense Department spokesman, said the deletion was being considered at the request of the Air Force's legal counsel to conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2003.
It prohibited rules that benefited minorities in the admissions process at the University of Michigan.
The U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School for the Colorado Springs-based academy is the source of 40 percent of the academy's minority enrollment.
But a statement issued Friday by a division of the Office of the Air Force General Counsel said that the "absence of the language will not impair the ability of each Service Academy to develop and defend its respective diversity policies."
The Air Force Academy's superintendent, Lieutenant General John Regni, recently complained that the proposed Defense Department policy change would hurt minority recruitment.