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Black General Officers: Why We Lack Them
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The American Military is widely viewed as a pioneer in providing equal opportunity for its uniformed members. However, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission MLDC, which was mandated by the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act NDAA, calls for greater diversity in the military. The commission declared in March 2011, the United States military is too white and too male at the senior most ranks and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies. It is no secret that the Army is out of balance at the senior level and lacks black general officers. In anticipation of an impending demographic shift, and based on the lack of black general officers in the Army, our senior civilian and military leaders must overhaul current officer corps policies for accessions, branching, and assignments. This research effort is consistent with the spirit of organizational self-examination and provides recommendations to increase black officer representation at the senior most levels. In pursuit of this end state, this strategy research project SRP addresses three primary areas of emphasis accessions, branching, and assignments, which have the most impact on promotion to general officer.
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