Despite being a person who does well in the Air Force, Carol Danvers is a woman who must forge her own path.
She makes a good friend in the Air Force. She also encounters resistence who tell her she can't fly a plane using what they think is clever word play.
She also finds a person to look up to in the Air Force, but it's worth noting it's a woman and not really a member of the Air Force.
SHIELD (a patriarchy stand in) is led by a Skrull trying to capture her. The only two SHIELD members who help her, Fury and Coulson, do so against orders.
The Kree are another military force she's a part of and it's one that is manipulating her to meet its own agenda.
And have you ever seen Top Gun? Now that is Air Force propaganda, and it is propaganda dialed up to 11.