Achieving Army Senior Leader Racial/Ethnic Balance: A Long Term Approach
Civilian research project
JOINT CENTER FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES INC WASHINGTON DC
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The Army must adjust to racialethnic demographic trends or risk losing the support of the American people and the nation s political institutions. By adjusting to these demographic trends, the Army will also benefit from the differing perspectives and skills people from diverse backgrounds offer as part of the organization. The Army s current recruiting, development, and retention systems do not provide for a continuing stream of senior leaders who mirror the racialethnic characteristics of the nation. Our senior political leaders have taken notice as evidenced by findings and requirements in recent National Defense Authorization Acts. While Army senior leadership has taken steps to address the challenges, the Army is still not on glide path to accommodate new demographic realities. There are several ways which the Army can immediately begin to adjust to these trends including establishing a long term objective to achieve racialethnic representation, reorganizing its diversity and inclusion staff, reaching out to establish non-traditional partnerships, and refining its current counseling, coaching and mentoring framework. Failure to adjust to demographic trends could result in loss of support and reduced influence as a national institution.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations