Military Leadership Diversity Commission Decision Paper #7: Implementation and Accountability [open pdf - 753KB]
"Based on its tasking from Congress, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) pursued two paths. The first was aimed at increasing the representation of racial and ethnic minorities and women in U.S. military leadership. The second was based on a definition of diversity that included yet went beyond race, ethnicity, and gender to encompass 'differences,' broadly understood: 'Diversity is all the different characteristics and attributes of individuals that are consistent with core values, integral to overall readiness and mission accomplishment, and reflective of the nation we serve.' The definition is consistent with equal opportunity (EO) policies and practices yet acknowledges that individuals come to the military not only with different cultural backgrounds but also with different skills, experiences, and talents, many of which may be operationally relevant. With proper leadership, diversity can increase military agility and responsiveness. And, if policies resulting from the new definition are properly implemented and assessed, the new concept will help to further eliminate discrimination and guide the Department of Defense (DoD) along a path of inclusion. [...] The decision paper also describes the logic and research on which the recommendations are based. It does not replicate work contained in other decision papers but refers the reader to them where appropriate."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Decision Paper No. 7
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/