"Underlying some of the MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] charter tasks is concern about the fairness of the Services' promotion systems in terms of gender and race/ethnicity. Fairness of promotion systems can relate to a host of factors, including a lack of bias in performance reviews and the provision of adequate information about how the promotion system works. After presenting information on some of the common ways in which the Services try to educate servicemembers about promotion, this issue paper presents findings on servicemembers' knowledge about and perceptions of promotion within their Service. Survey results indicate that there are no large or important racial/ethnic or gender differences in servicemembers' self-reported knowledge about how their Service's promotion system works, perceptions regarding the fairness of their performance evaluations, or their satisfaction with opportunities for advancement in their Service."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 43
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