"The MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] has been tasked with examining the command selection process for officers by race/ethnicity and gender. In another issue paper (IP), the command selection board process is described. In this IP, we focus on command selection board outcomes, namely the O-5 and O-6 command selection outcomes for officers in specific communities in fiscal years 2006--2010, which we break out by race/ethnicity and gender. In general, O-5 command selection rates during this period were lower for minorities compared with nonminorities but were not uniformly lower for women compared with men. The selection rates for O-6 command for minority officers were somewhat higher than for nonminority officers, but gender differences in O-6 selection rates had similar patterns as O-5 selection rates. The most consistent pattern for both O-5 and O-6 command selection outcomes during this period was that a vast majority (over 80 percent) of officers selected for command were white and male. Although these findings seem provocative, they are based on simple command selection outcomes, and we therefore do not know whether they indicate a lack of fairness in command selection or are the result of correlations between demographic characteristics and other factors that determine command eligibility."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 32
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