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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, April 8, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army Diversity Roadmap

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The President and the secretary know that the uncertainty of the current situation puts federal employees in a difficult position, and are very much aware that a shutdown would impose hardships on our military and civilian personnel as well as our military families. As we approach the expiration of the current continuing resolution, we will provide you with updated information as soon as it becomes available..."

View the complete message from Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III to DoD workforce on potential government shutdown

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"As a Soldier, you instruct your peers. It's totally different in front of fifth graders, trying to get them to listen to you. We stress the impacts alcohol has on young bodies, the adverse effects that it can have. Kids are pretty smart. They know it's bad for you, just not how bad it can be."

- Sgt. Mark Arnett, military police officer from U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, speaks about the positive impact of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and making a difference on children's lives. National D.A.R.E. Day was April 7.

Kaiserslautern MP dares to make a difference

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Diversity Roadmap

What is it?

The purpose of the Army Diversity Roadmap strategic guidance document is to develop and implement a strategy that contributes to mission readiness while transforming and sustaining the Army as a national leader in diversity. This initiative will help the Army prepare for a changing America and the cultural and other differences that impact the Army's global capabilities.

What has the Army done?

The diversity effort will better position the Army to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people in America, regardless of external conditions and competition from other employers. Training and education that supports the integration of diverse backgrounds and experiences into the mission will enhance decision-making and inspire the high performance necessary to fight and win our nation's wars is included.

The Diversity Roadmap action plan includes approximately 180 tasks to be accomplished over the next few years. Current accomplishments include a new course for general officers and civilian senior executives and completion of a symposium where more than 550 leaders and equal opportunity professionals received diversity training. The Diversity and Leadership Office, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), has produced and distributed diversity marketing and training materials to all commands, developed a training video and established a website with a growing list of download materials.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The near-term focus is on development of competencies and training packages for use throughout the Army and establishment of a business intelligence system that informs leaders of relevant diversity-related information. A critical task over the next few months is the integration and synchronization of outreach activities. An Army-wide working group has been established to support this effort, which will enhance both efficiency and effectiveness while providing specific opportunities for leader engagement. Near-term actions also include integration of diversity principles and inclusive leadership practices into the military equal opportunity and civilian equal employment opportunity programs.

Why is this important to the Army?

The benefits of the Army's diversity efforts are many, including the opportunity to better understand our nation's increasingly diverse population and attract the best available talent to fill our Soldier and civilian ranks. Our many different attributes and experiences will enhance our ability to operate globally with a culturally astute force, bringing to the mission specific cultural, ethnic, language, and other backgrounds of our personnel.

Resources:

Army Diversity Strength

Equal Opportunity Branch (EO)

Diversity and Leadership

Diversity Policies / Strategic Plans on DEOMI site

Document: MLDC Report article

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