Too Many White Men in the Military
A report from the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, ordered by Congress in 2009, states the ethnic and gender makeup of the leadership ranks of the United States Military is not diverse enough. From the article:
Efforts over the years to develop a more equal opportunity military have increased the number of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the ranks of leadership. But, the report said, “despite undeniable successes … the armed forces have not yet succeeded in developing a continuing stream of leaders who are as diverse as the nation they serve.”
This is the problem a lot of Conservatives have when military recruitment and promotion policies are being discussed by politicians, such as women in combat units, DADT repeal, and the like. Though the article does reference ensuring postings to units that help facilitate promotions “as long as they are qualified,” it appears the strongly hinted recommendations include changing the qualifications.
In our professional military, I suspect that the vast majority (including myself, back in the day), don’t give two hoots if the one in charge of a particular unit is white, black, purple, or a woman, as long as they are qualified for the post and can accomplish the mission. And, like many others I am sure, I can tell you about some who have risen through the ranks that leave you thinking “How in the heck did THEY get promoted?”
Our Armed Forces are tasked with one of the most important jobs in the world, protecting the United States and our Constitution from those who would see it undermined or destroyed. For that task, I would think we would want the absolute best personnel at all levels of service, and not be terribly concerned about the “diversity” makeup of the forces. While it would be wrong to pass over one who is capable due to some ethnic identity, it would also be wrong, and dangerous, to promote on a quota system just for feel-good policies.
And, for what its worth, the name of the “independent” commission, and the fact it was ordered by a Congress controlled by Liberal Democrats, tells me they started with an outcome, and went looking for data to support it.