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The changing face of the Nation demands that we change. As the demographic make-up of the American population continues to evolve, it is imperative that the Department of Defense focus its efforts on emerging talent to ensure that we successfully attract, recruit, develop and retain a highly-skilled Total Force capable of meeting current and future mission requirements.
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Several external drivers guide DOD’s diversity and inclusion efforts to propel efforts forward for maximum impact. One of these key forces is the congressionally-mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) Final Report. This report, founded on rigorous research, presents MLDC’s main findings and recommends policies and practices to develop future military leaders who represent the changing face of America. The 20 recommendations included in the report support two related objectives:
1: That the Armed Forces systematically develop a demographically diverse leadership that reflects the public it serves and the forces it leads.
2: That the Services pursue a broader approach to diversity that includes the range of backgrounds, skill sets, and personal attributes that are necessary to enhancing military performance.
Click here to download the report and review the recommendations. DOD continues to build MLDC recommendations into the foundational practices of our diversity and inclusion programs. We know that diverse backgrounds and experiences give us a strategic advantage in achieving mission success and maintaining our highest state of readiness.