Services' Processes for Developing Definitions of Diversity and Diversity Policy Statements [open pdf - 520KB]
"This issue paper describes how each Service came to define diversity. All the Services purposely define diversity as encompassing a wide range of attributes that extend beyond the MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] charter's focus on race, Hispanic origin, and gender. These definitions link diversity to mission readiness and to Service-specific core values but do not describe this relationship in any detail. Across the services, the development process was collaborative and included representatives from a wide swath of each Service, but only one Service vetted the definition with servicemembers. The paper raises several issues for the commissioners to consider in addressing their charter's task of developing a uniform definition of diversity."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 20
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/