Department of Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion Report: Recommendations to Improve Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Military   [open pdf - 14MB]

From the Executive Summary: "For more than 200 years, the U.S. military has fought to defend this nation and its interests, earning the reputation as the greatest military force in history. The U.S. military attracts highly qualified men and women who represent a wide variety of creeds, religions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and other attributes that make the people of this country stronger together. Moreover, the Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes diversity and inclusion (D&I) as strategic imperatives--to ensure that the military across all grades reflects and is inclusive of the American people it has sworn to protect and defend. [...] Section I of this report includes a brief overview of the historical context of D&I in the U.S. military, which is followed in Section II with a discussion of current DoD D&I efforts, including statistics on demographic representation and trends in promotion and retention of minority Service members. Section III outlines the Board's composition and methodology for choosing and refining the most relevant and feasible recommendations for improving D&I in the U.S. military. Section IV presents the background, findings, and outcome metric for each of the 15 recommendations. The report closes with a conclusion and way forward highlighting the importance of the Board's recommendations to the future of D&I in the U.S. military."

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