Accession Number:

ADA393969

Title:

Divrsity in the Military: How Far Should We Go In Pursuing a Diverse Force?

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The United States journey toward equal rights for all in terms of gender, race, religion, etc. has long been a source of political and social discord. Some would argue that we have arrived, the playing field is now level, and we need to get over it. Others would argue we still have a long way to go, and we need to make amends for inequities of the past. The problem lies in trying to find the proper middle ground. Most would agree a diverse working group is good for an organization. The disagreement lies in how far we go in attempting to foster this diversity. This study seeks to analyze the topic of diversity by using various case studies. Examples are provided of blatant discrimination, highlighting the need for diversity initiatives. The possibility of excessive focus on diversity is also explored, with accompanying examples. In the final analysis, there is no magic solution. Our focus must be in the areas of education and leadership. We must celebrate diversity, but not make that celebration a distraction, rather than an enhancement.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE