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Diversity

What is it?
Army Diversity means harnessing the different attributes, experiences and backgrounds of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members that further enhance our global capabilities and contribute to an adaptive, culturally astute Army.

What has the Army done?
The Army Diversity Office was initially activated in 2006, following recommendations from a 2005 study conducted by the Commission on Officer Diversity and Advancement. In February 2008, the Secretary of the Army (SA) and the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) established the Army Diversity Task Force (ADTF) with the mission to conduct a holistic assessment of Army diversity efforts and make recommendations that ensure implementation of a world-class diversity program. In accordance with the ADTF interim report recommendation, the SA and CSA directed the transition of the ADTF to a "revitalized" Army Diversity Office. This office reports directly to the SA and CSA, with the mission of developing and implementing a strategy that contributes to mission readiness while transforming and sustaining the Army as a national leader in diversity.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's future plans are reflected in a vision to become the national leader in embracing the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment by investing and managing talent, valuing individuals, and developing culturally astute Soldiers and Civilians who enhance our communities and are prepared for the human dimension of leadership in global engagements. The Army's efforts to recruit and develop diverse talent, integrate diversity principles into existing training and education programs at all levels, and sustain an environment where different attributes, experiences, and backgrounds are valued will help posture the Army for the future. Future initiatives will bring together military and Civilian personnel in all components to ensure the Army's continued national leadership in embracing our Nation's diversity.

Why is this important to the Army?
Today's security environment demands more from our senior military and Civilian leaders than ever before. The unconventional and asymmetrical battlefields of the future mean we must understand people and the environments where they live. A more culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse Army that facilitates understanding will provide a more effective force when called upon.

Our country is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Our Nation's strength stems from its diversity. As demographic trends continue to change, it is important that our Army reflects this change and continues to be an Army where men and women of different backgrounds, cultures, ideas, and beliefs know and understand that they are valued members at every level, and that when viewed across all branches and specialties, our Army reflects the diversity of America. It is an Army that represents the hopes and ideas that have historically been associated with our core values.

Army leaders, in particular, manage and promote diversity by creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where diverse knowledge, experiences, and talents are understood and valued-inspiring all Soldiers and Army Civilians to work to their full potential while being committed to the Army Values and Warrior Ethos.

The Army offers opportunities to men and women, from all socio-economic backgrounds. That inclusiveness must continue to ensure our ability to recruit and retain a diverse Army so that we can greatly enhance our ability to fight and win the battles of the 21st Century.

 
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