By ADO for STAND-TO!April 7, 2011
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.
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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