Just a week after the Trump administration took over, the Navy released a new diversity and inclusion road map in support of former President Barack Obama’s social change agenda.
Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was known as Obama’s most aggressive promoter of diversity and inclusion policies in the military, but still, the continued issuance of Obama-era policies even after Trump has taken over is starting to raise eyebrows.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, told The Washington Times that the Navy’s move seems like a clear affront to the Trump administration.
The purpose of the document is to ramp up recruitment measures for members of non-white and non-male communities
“Our Department’s strength relies upon the diverse talents and perspectives of our Sailors, Marines and civilian personnel,” Victoria Bowens, director of diversity and inclusion management for the Department of the Navy, said in a statement. “Our differences foster respect and trust, promote a free flow of ideas and enhance collaboration and cooperation between and within organizations.”
The document lists three strategic imperatives designed to increase diversity.
The first strategic imperative is to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants, the second is to make sure an “inclusive culture” works through any barriers that might be preventing these diverse applicants from advancing in the ranks, and the third is to make leaders accountable for producing results in bringing onboard more diversity and fostering advancement.
Additionally, the plan also states that the Navy can’t discriminate based on a sailor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
For Donnelly, the mandate that leaders be held accountable for producing diversity results is a mandate for job quotas.
“All of these euphemisms are new ways to enforce gender diversity ‘metrics’ — another name for quotas,” Donnelly said. “Diversity achieved by nondiscrimination and recognition of individual merit is a good thing. But this concept is government-sponsored discrimination that protects individual rights only for certain demographic groups and is completely different.”
How the Trump administration will react to the new policy is unknown, but the president has notably been opposed to political correctness, both in the military and more generally, as well.
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