The Air Force's segregation policy had meanwhile created a critical situation in the black tactical units. The old 332nd, now the 332nd Fighter Wing, shared with the rest of the command the burden of too many low-scoring men35 percent of Lockbourne's airmen were in the two lowest groups, IV and Vbut here the problem was acute since the presence of so many persons with little ability limited the number of skilled black airmen that the Tactical Air Command could transfer to the wing from other parts of the command. Under direction of the command, the Ninth Air Force was taking advantage of a regulation that restricted the reenlistment of low-scoring airmen, but the high percentage of unskilled Negroes persisted at Lockbourne. Negroes in the upper test brackets were not reenlisting while the low scorers unquestionably were.
42Ltr, DCofS/P&A, TAC, to CG. Ninth AF, 19 May 48, sub: Submarginal Enlisted Personnel, Record of Dir of Per Staff, TAC, Mtg, 28 Oct 48; both in AFSHRC.