Military Leadership Diversity Commission

Tuesday July 5, 2011

What is it?

Congress established the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) under the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2009. The mission of the commission was to execute a wide-ranging review of the issues regarding diversity in the military services. The commission conducted a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of policies that provide opportunities for minority servicemembers and a March 15, 2011, report was submitted to the president and Congress.

What has the Army done?

The Army supported MLDC efforts beginning in September 2009 and briefed the commission monthly on specified topics. The final MLDC report includes the findings and conclusions of the commission and recommendations for improving diversity within the Armed Forces. The commission’s recommendations address all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including strategic planning, training and education, leader development, talent management, communications, accountability, and inclusive environments. The commission also addressed the shrinking pool of candidates eligible for military service, outreach activities, partnerships, promotions, combat exclusion, and contributions of diverse backgrounds to the global mission.

The Army Diversity Roadmap, published in December 2010, addresses most of the 20 MLDC recommendations. Since the Army’s diversity initiative began in February 2008, several actions had been taken prior to establishment of the MLDC or approval of our Roadmap. For example, the first MLDC recommendation provides guidance on defining diversity, while the Army’s definition of diversity and vision were stated in the April 2009 Army Policy on Diversity and re-issued in February 2010.

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

We are continuing implementation of the Army Diversity Roadmap, including the actions that align with the MLDC recommendations. The Army is participating in Department of Defense planning sessions on implementation of MLDC recommendations and supporting development of the DoD Diversity Strategic Plan by the Defense Diversity Working Group.

Why is this important to the Army?

The MLDC spent 18 months studying diversity and inclusion across the Services. Membership included active and retired civilian and military personnel, as well as experts from government and the private sector. The MLDC report and recommendations offer important insights on where the Services are in preparing for America’s growing diversity, and how we can continue to prepare for the future. The report, entitled From Representation to Inclusion: Diversity Leadership for the 21st-Century Military, is available on the MLDC website.

References: Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) website

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