"One issue of concern to the MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] is whether servicemembers are able to make informed career decisions. Fair opportunities for promotion, assignment, and command may depend on whether all servicemembers are aware of the impact of their career choices. The Services currently offer a range of career development resources that may help servicemembers make informed career choices. This issue paper presents findings on the extent and effectiveness of these resources based on (1) information provided by the Services to the MLDC and (2) survey data. It appears that the Services are undertaking many efforts to provide career development resources, including placing a great deal of information online. Yet, the limited survey data suggest that, regardless of race/ethnicity and gender, servicemembers' knowledge of and satisfaction with career development programs and assignment processes are only moderate. Overall, it appears that the Services' career development resources are extensive, but their effectiveness is still in question. Further efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources may clarify the extent to which they provide adequate career information."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 38
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