Welcome to ODEI

Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is an organization aligned under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) that develops and executes diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting active duty and reserve component military personnel, and DOD civilian employees.

Special Feature

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.