On the heels of my last post detailing the Obama administration's plans to cut military pay and benefits, we learn more about this President's military goals:
The Defense Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion contribute to mission success and must remain a consistent effort, the Pentagon’s chief personnel and readiness official said today.
Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, discussed best practices for diversity and inclusion at an event hosted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
“No matter what you do, you have to be cognizant of diversity,” Wright said. “And I will tell you the department has an ongoing commitment to this.”
The Defense Department’s military and civilian employees, Wright said, perform well because they “represent the nation in our workforce.”
“And I will tell you,” she continued, “that we talk about diversity in the terms of race and gender, and ethnicity, but it is much more than that in my mind.”
Diversity, Wright said, is also about “your thought process, how you grew up, [and] what you can add to the greater good because of your background.”
Wright said the Defense Department has a strategic plan based on a presidential executive order including three goals: outreach, in reach and an engagement plan.
“I’m really pleased that we’re making great success on all of these,” she said. “We’ve made great strides in areas such as women in service, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and repealing parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.
“So where do we go from here?” Wright asked. “I think that’s the million-dollar question. We’ve made significant progress, but our work isn’t done.”
No, their work is not done. Their goal, as stated from the beginning, is to fundamentally transform this country. What better place to achieve those goalsl than in the miliatry.
If this country were paying attention, this country would be alarmed.