The Pentagon faced a growing backlash on social media Thursday after the Department of Defense posted the following message: “NEWS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Are Necessities in U.S. Military.”
Claims the Pentagon…
Diversity, equity and inclusion in the military are necessities for the United States, Bishop Garrison, the senior advisor to the secretary of defense for human capital and diversity, equity and inclusion said.
Garrison spoke to the Center for a New American Security today about the progress being made by the department and what still needs to happen.
Some 41 percent of the military identify as members of minority groups, and that number will grow larger, Garrison said. The military must be able to attract, train and retain them for the services to retain competitive edges, he said.
He noted that the percentage of minorities drops as they rise up the ranks. “Their numbers tend to begin to decline in terms of service; they tend to get out, and there could be a variety of reasons as to why that actually is,” he said. “We need to take a very data-driven approach to get a better understanding as to what’s actually happening here. What is the problem? And how can we address it?”
Garrison said the need for diversity, equity and inclusion to be a consideration or a part of all decisions in the military.
Read the full statement here.