Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion


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Our Total Naval Force is unlike any other in the world, and for one simple reason: our people.

Our people are a unique group of equally exceptional individuals united to serve the Nation. In serving, each man and woman brings his or her own life experiences, values, ideas, and talents to the common effort and, by capitalizing on this rich diversity, they achieve remarkable results. Our people are our power and our strength.

To harness and enhance this tremendous pool of experience and capabilities, the Department of the Navy (DON) developed a Human Capital Strategy to build and manage a more agile, ready, and capable Total Naval Force. This diverse, high-quality workforce made up of multidisciplinary, enthusiastic, and effective personnel will meet the threats and challenges of the 21st century.

In 2003, the Force Management Oversight Council began conducting an annual review of Navy, Marine Corps, and Civilian policies and programs involving diversity, equal opportunity (EO), and equal employment opportunity (EEO). The progress achieved by the DON in diversity enhancement, inclusion, and EO/EEO during 2009 is reviewed in this fourth Annual Report on Diversity. As we review, we also confirm our commitment to fostering an environment that allows our people to grow and contribute to the best of their abilities.

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"We know the power and strength that reside within the great American people and what they can do, as individuals and as a united body. Those things that make each of us different make all of us strong."