Military Leadership Diversity Commission Decision Paper #2: Branching and Assignments [open pdf - 1MB]
"In the military's closed personnel system, the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of leadership depends on the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of accessions and on the subsequent relative career progression rates of members of each demographic group. For a given level of diversity among accessions, if women and racial and ethnic minorities progress at lower rates than white men, they will be underrepresented in the top ranks. [...] This decision paper describes the work of the Branching and Assignments Subcommittee and provides the facts, assumptions, and opinions that helped the Commission develop its branching and assignment recommendations."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Decision Paper No. 2
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/