About ODEI

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) promotes Diversity in the Department of Defense (DoD). ODEI envisions a Department of Defense that reflects the face of the Nation. To that end, we seek a Department that competes for the best and brightest talent our Nation has to offer. We focus our 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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Foster a diverse and inclusive mission ready total force.


Direct and oversee policies and programs to promote a DoD culture of dignity and respect that values diversity and inclusion as readiness imperatives.

Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

The Department of Defense (DoD) Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan outlines the implementation of the President’s Executive Order 13583 (EO 13583) on establishing a coordinated Government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce. EO 13583 directs executive departments and agencies to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated, and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion as a key component of their human resource strategies. While EO 13583 was focused on civilian personnel, this Strategic Plan also addresses similar concerns for military personnel.

Link to PDF of DoD Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

DoD Human Goals

DoD Human Goals

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