SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Leaders must lead the Army's diversity efforts. As we continue to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of the diversity within our ranks, not only will our strength, versatility, and efficiency be amplified, but we will be more effective at understanding the cultures and environments where we serve."
- 2009 Army Diversity Policy Letter, tri-signed by Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, Chief of Staff of the Army General George W. Casey Jr., and then Secretary of Army Pete Geren
Army Policy in Diversity
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"I never expected to have the honor of swearing in by the President. My family is extremely proud. Especially my dad. He was a noncommissioned officer in the South Korean army."
- Army Cadet Ryan Park, one of the 14 ROTC Army Cadets to be sworn in by President Obama, reflects the diversity in the Army. Park's father, mother and brother journeyed from South Korea to be present for this ceremony.
President Obama administers oath
Mental Health Month
Asian Pacific Heritage Month : See Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army Web sitec
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What is it?
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 has a great heritage of inclusion and diversity, from the integration of minorities and women to the increasing number of foreign nationals currently serving.
As a part of its ongoing efforts to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and Army Strong force, the Army Diversity Office (ADO) was established within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. It was created to ensure that the Army's inherent diversity is best utilized. The office also looks at how Soldiers', Army civilians' and family members' diverse attributes, experiences and backgrounds are integrated into the mission in ways that enhance decision-making and inspire high performance.
What will the Army do?
Beginning April 1, 2010, diversity starter kits will be distributed to Army units worldwide. The kits contain posters, brochures, a video and other materials that further explain the Army Diversity Office mission and highlight some of the many "faces" of diversity in our Army today.
The Army is also refining and implementing strategies that will transform and sustain its role as a national leader in diversity.
The Army is working towards five goals by adopting a proactive strategy. This strategy will involve commitment and accountability from leaders; management of talent across our diversity; the best diversity training; and the cultivation and sustainment of an inclusive environment across the Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
Looking at current and potential contingencies, a diverse force with cultural, linguistic, religious and historic understanding is vital to enabling the Army to be adaptive and effective in the 21st century.
With more competition from worldwide corporations and other governmental agencies, the Army must draw from the nation's diversity to recruit and retain the best talent in order to field the most effective force possible.
It is an investment in human capital, personnel readiness and mission accomplishment.
For more information please contact Army Diversity Office
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