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Mullen: U.S. Military Needs More Diversity
DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | October 18, 2010 | by Karen Parrish

Posted on 10/20/2010 2:42:02 AM PDT by Cindy

NOTE The following text is a quote:

Mullen: U.S. Military Needs More Diversity

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2010 – The armed services “can’t go fast enough” to increase diversity, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a group of senior military leaders here yesterday.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Air Force Diversity Senior Leader Working Group at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Va. on Oct. 17, 2010. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

Mullen addressed the Air Force Diversity Senior Working Group, comprised of Air Force senior leaders including more than 50 general officers who were attending a two-day working group aimed at increasing diversity across the armed forces.

Bolstering diversity across the military requires fast, direct action, Mullen told the group.

“There isn’t anybody sitting in this room … who won’t look back 10 years from now and say, ‘I wish we could have gone faster,’” the chairman said. “There are some things we should have done better, more risks we should have taken to get this right. And the demographics are pretty daunting.” Mullen said his boyhood in small-town, middle-class California didn’t show him much of the world. When he came home for a few weeks of vacation in August 1965 after his first year at the U.S. Naval Academy, he saw the Watts section of Los Angeles aflame with race riots.

“I’m 15 miles from Watts, and it is burning down,” he said.

The 1960s and 1970s put a glaring light on race and civil rights issues in America and the American military. As a young military officer, Mullen said, he learned early to focus on people’s individual capabilities.

“Even back then, from my perspective, what I was trying to do was put the best talent together to get the job done,” Mullen said.

When he became chief of Naval Operations in 2005, Mullen said, he made diversity a priority.

“When you’re taking on a very, very difficult challenge like this and trying to change your institution, you can’t go fast enough,” he said.

Mullen said he focused his diversity goals for the Navy on two areas: minorities and women.

“That’s where the leadership was really critical, and we were not doing very well,” he said.

Now, Mullen said, the Navy has a number of female one-star officers who are competitive for the future.

“We know how to make [general officers],” he said. “We’ve been doing it a long time, and it’s actually pretty simple. You put them in the right jobs, and if they do well, they get promoted. And a really interesting dynamic that was going on in the Navy in 2005, Mullen said, was: “Who is putting people in jobs?”

When he looked into it, Mullen said he found that the people making officer assignments for the “hot” career paths were white males.

“There certainly wasn’t much of a path for those that couldn’t break through. Almost overnight, once I knew that, and we started to diversify our assignment officers … all of a sudden, records that were just as good as any other records started surfacing,” he said.

His senior leaders regularly reported to him on their progress in increasing diversity, Mullen said.

“We measured ourselves on that … and if there were senior officers that weren’t doing this, they were leaving,” he said. Mullen said he now keeps a magazine on his desk with a cover photo of three Navy three-star admirals, all black, so that everyone who visits his office can see it.

“Three or four years ago, you didn’t see that [senior-level diversity] in the Navy,” Mullen said. Today’s minority role models, he said, provide important examples of success to young military officers.

Without such role models “you’re not going to make it, no matter what programs we have or how much we talk about it,” the admiral said.

The drive for diversity in the military is talent-driven, Mullen said. Shortly after he became chief of Naval Operations, he recalled addressing a diversity conference comprised primarily of young officers. Mullen thought he had a strong message for them, but his message came back at him during the question-and-answer period.

“This young Coast Guard ensign asked me, ‘What about that all white-male staff you just walked in here with?’” Mullen said. Two years after hearing that ensign’s question, the admiral said he gathered his personal staff.

“I stood back from that and looked … and I think I was the only white guy in the room,” Mullen said. “It was all women and minorities. And what really struck me that day was how disappointed I was in myself that it took me so long. Because this was the best talent, the most talent, I’d ever seen in a room … person by person.”

Diversity is all about opportunity, Mullen said.

“This is not about bias or anything like that. This is: ‘Here’s the job, here’s your opportunity -- sink or swim,’” he said. “There was way too much not getting the opportunities, for whatever reason: institutional, systematic, how we were assigning people, you name it. It just wasn’t going on. And again, we know how to do this, because we know what it takes to get promoted in our system.”

The military services and the officer ranks cannot remain effective if they veer away from the nation’s demographic makeup, Mullen said. By 2040 or 2050, he said, white males will become a minority segment of the U.S. population. But the service academies, which last year graduated the flag-officer class of 2040, do not reflect that reality in their current class enrollments, which are less than 50 percent -- and in some cases less than 25 percent -- minorities and women.

“The leadership has got to think about it, from my perspective, along those lines,” Mullen said. “And then be very hard on ourselves: Are we making progress?”

Increasing diversity within the Defense Department’s military and civilian workforces isn’t magic, Mullen said.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” he said, noting increasing diversity requires commitment by the leadership.

“And, more importantly,” he continued, “the opportunity for us as a military to just grow stronger and stronger and stronger, which we must do over the course of the next 10, 20, 30 years.”

The American military, like American industry, has to work harder to increase diversity, the chairman said.

“There are a lot of things we can learn in terms of those who have done this before,” Mullen said. “In the end, for us, I think it’s going to come down to some very basic things.”

Biographies: Navy Adm. Mike Mullen


TOPICS: History; Reference
KEYWORDS: civilrights; diversity; military; minorities; mullen; race; usmilitary; wattsriots; whiteguys; whitemales; women

1 posted on 10/20/2010 2:42:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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Background Links regarding the Watts Riots as mentioned by Adm. Mullens:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/wattsriots/index?tab=articles

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1470783/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1463238/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1461306/posts

“Watts Riots, 40 Years Later”
Yahoo ^ | 8/11/05 | By Valerie Reitman and Mitchell Landsberg
Posted on August 11, 2005 8:34:05 AM PDT by Borges

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1446260/posts

“Black Panther foundation seeks to sell “Burn Baby Burn” hot sauce”
AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/19/05 | AP - Oakland
Posted on July 19, 2005 2:55:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SNIPPET: “OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Former Black Panthers are hoping the phrase “Burn Baby Burn” will help their nonprofit organization market a new product - hot sauce.

The Huey P. Newton Foundation, named for the co-founder of the 1960s militant group, is seeking to trademark the phrase that for many brings to mind the racially charged 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles that left more than 30 people dead, at least 1,000 wounded and hundreds of buildings in ashes.

The new line of hot sauce, called “Burn Baby Burn: A Taste of the Sixties Revolutionary Hot Sauce,” is aimed at “anyone who wants to have an extra savory boost to their food,” executive director and original Black Panther David Hilliard told The Associated Press.”


2 posted on 10/20/2010 2:50:02 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

[roll eyes]
[face palm]

Yes, I’m certain sure the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians are working diligently to implement looney left “diversity” in their military forces.

I mean, the military is all about social experiments, right?


3 posted on 10/20/2010 2:51:00 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook

Mullen is probably a Communist mole.


4 posted on 10/20/2010 2:53:09 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Cindy

Respectfully, not as ex-military (I’m not), but as son of retired military, we have diversity. I had the privilege of growing up around Air Force pilots and their kids. Aside from some bureaucratically-minded leadership, the us military is spectacular, hands down. And people from all walks of life are there, doing exactly as they should. When I hear words such as these, it reminds me of some similar phrases from former corporate head honchos of various multinationals I’d worked for. As in, when you can’t find a genuine problem, start picking apart that which is already working well. I truly think there is no force on earth that can touch you guys in the military. I just wish that some of those losing their way occasionally (in command) had better sight of how good you guys are.


5 posted on 10/20/2010 2:55:43 AM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: Cindy
Is this PC, Multiculturalist, Moonbat who advocates allowing Gays to serve openly, among other Social Experimentation Policies, and don't even get me started about the ROE's in Afghanistan, retiring soon ?

It can't be soon enough for me!

6 posted on 10/20/2010 2:56:48 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Cindy
You don't get to be a Captain in the navy with out knowing how to kick arse. You don't get to be an Admiral in the navy with out knowing hot to kiss arse.
7 posted on 10/20/2010 3:01:01 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: screaminsunshine

> Mullen is probably a Communist mole.

Either that, or he is a brain-bleached fool.

He should be given brig time followed by a dishonorable discharge.

No way should such a fool be in command of any American military.


8 posted on 10/20/2010 3:04:00 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook

I can’t say it any better!


9 posted on 10/20/2010 3:07:29 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: Cindy

This is an attempt to push open homosexuality in the ranks?


10 posted on 10/20/2010 3:11:59 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Cindy

Multiculturalism is killing us.


11 posted on 10/20/2010 3:13:20 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: screaminsunshine
Mullen is probably a Communist mole.

Probably so, but it is more certain he is a 60-70s progressive idiot.

12 posted on 10/20/2010 3:17:26 AM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: Cindy

Our Military leadership has no balls. Now it is official.


13 posted on 10/20/2010 3:28:40 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cindy

I think Mullen is an idiot; he and General Casey can just go out back of the Pentagon and play hide and go F*** themselves.


14 posted on 10/20/2010 3:31:03 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: WesternPacific

I don’t think he is a Commie but he ISa 60-70s progressive idiot. A native of Los Angeles he did graduate from The USNA!


15 posted on 10/20/2010 3:32:53 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: screaminsunshine
"Diversity is our god".....what a bunch of baloney.....

this is how a nation sinks...you get supposed leaders NOT focusing on their priorities and dabbling in voodoo hysteria over some ridiculous goal....

its like the wolves......the wolves would come back naturally on their own into Yellowstone and Glacier and other areas .....they didn't need to be "reintroduced"...

when femalies and minorities want to be military people, there is nothing stopping them.....

16 posted on 10/20/2010 3:40:24 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Cindy

The last year I was in the Navy was really weird. I got out this past May. My command was visited three times by three seperate admirals. One discussion point they always had was diversity and the Navy’s vision for their future admiral corps. They want the Navy’s Admirals to look like a cross section of the country in 2025, where currently they are nearly a bunch of old white guys. I would look around the room, and there was about 15 of us. All of us were white, and male. I just found it strange that is what these touring Admirals always wanted to discuss with their officers. They also discussed Iraq and Afghanistan, but this was the top discussion point.


17 posted on 10/20/2010 3:49:51 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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“This young Coast Guard ensign asked me, ‘What about that all white-male staff you just walked in here with?’” Mullen said. Two years after hearing that ensign’s question, the admiral said he gathered his personal staff. “I stood back from that and looked … and I think I was the only white guy in the room,” Mullen said. “It was all women and minorities. And what really struck me that day was how disappointed I was in myself that it took me so long. Because this was the best talent, the most talent, I’d ever seen in a room … person by person.”

This is such crap.

These "white males" who got accepted to West Point, the Naval Academy, or top universities on ROTC scholarships has to compete for those with their sex and race as a DISADVANTAGE.

There are not quota points on the numerous boards for being a white male. You have to get by with your academic, sports, SAT, and individual records, because there are not quotas for you.

Next, this "talent in the room" is a platitude of the worst sort. How does he know that? Is he saying a room full of women and minorities is more talented than any room full of white men?

Yup.

Talk about discrimination!

This heavy handed PC mindlessness is coming straight from the top: The Community Organizer and Secretary Gates.

On top of the "Gay" directive, the military should be effectively destroyed in about 18 months.

18 posted on 10/20/2010 3:57:39 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Mullen is an “F” wit of the highest magnitude.


19 posted on 10/20/2010 4:10:24 AM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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For his follow on act of stupidity, watch for Mullen to push for "diversity" recruitment of gays and lesbians into the academies and for openly gay and lesbian officers to be groomed for promotion to flag rank--on the basis of their sexual behavior. He has to. He is pushing for blacks and Hispanics on a similar basis. And gay/lesbian is simply the new black/Hispanic.
20 posted on 10/20/2010 4:12:41 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: SkyPilot

The average overall abilities of each entering class at the USNA has gone down over the past 20 years!


21 posted on 10/20/2010 4:14:34 AM PDT by WellyP
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Openly gay and more diversity. Our nation is being destroyed right before our eyes. They are rubbing it in our faces and daring us to do anything about it.


22 posted on 10/20/2010 4:19:49 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Cindy

Mullen has some sort of burr under his saddle. Or bee in his bonnet. Or something.


23 posted on 10/20/2010 4:22:53 AM PDT by Ole Okie (American.)
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chief of staff of the United States Army, Gen. George Casey, responded to a massacre of 13 Americans in which the suspect is a Muslim by saying: “Our diversity ... is a strength.”


24 posted on 10/20/2010 4:28:10 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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In other words..the politically correct need another departmentof Gov’mt to corrupt to their own ends.


25 posted on 10/20/2010 4:28:19 AM PDT by mo
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The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that “diversity is the number one priority” at the Naval Academy.

The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that “diversity” here means nonwhite skins.

Fowler insisted recently that we needed to have Annapolis graduates who “looked like” the Fleet, where enlisted people are about 42 percent nonwhite, largely African American and Hispanic.

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/opn/2009/06/14-47/Guest-Column-The-cost-of-a-diverse-Naval-Academy.html?ne=1


26 posted on 10/20/2010 4:30:16 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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Why doesn’t this PC/Multiculturalist fool, mullen, go fight a war or something? What a colon-powell clone and threat to national security he is.


27 posted on 10/20/2010 4:34:43 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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“Even back then, from my perspective, what I was trying to do was put the best talent together to get the job done,” Mullen said.

IOW; "Some of my best friends are black."

28 posted on 10/20/2010 4:37:12 AM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: Cindy

Utter Stupidity. We need people who can execute the required mission.


29 posted on 10/20/2010 4:49:50 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: screaminsunshine

More likely a retard.

Yeah I know many don’t like that word. I don’t either, but it fits.


30 posted on 10/20/2010 5:03:23 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cindy

Methinks the Admiral was hittin’ the Rum keg a bit too often
when he said this stuff. Either that or he is a mag—a scag , a bloody rag, a slippery slimy slut....


31 posted on 10/20/2010 5:28:56 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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Mullen demonstrates who he really is with his diversity nonsense. Diversity in and of itself is not responsible for making America the prememinent economic engine in the 20th Century. It does not create opportunity. Capitalism, free enterprise and a government that is minimally intrusive in the business process is what creates opportunity.

It should also be pointed out that the root word of diversity is divide. And that is exactly what it does. One need look no further than the politics of affirmative action to prove the point.

Mullen is a leftist political hack who disgraces his uniform each and every day.


32 posted on 10/20/2010 5:31:20 AM PDT by dools0007world
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There are not quota points on the numerous boards for being a white male. You have to get by with your academic, sports, SAT, and individual records, because there are not quotas for you.

You've got that right. I applied for Navy ROTC at 17. 3.5 GPA with AP credits, 1360 SAT, Eagle Scout, Boys State, Honor Society, 2 varsity letters, and letters of recommendation from 2 O-6s.

Denied.

The O-3 who interviewed me called with the bad news. He said off the record that I was the wrong color. White. I never applied for the acadamies, but he said the acadamies implemented quotas, which was making ROTC more competitive, on top of which ROTC quotas were also placed.

I felt worse for my father than I did for myself.
33 posted on 10/20/2010 6:10:19 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: screaminsunshine

He is the worst kind of ass-kisser. He will do or say anything to suck up to the powers that be. I guess it’s gotten him this far.


34 posted on 10/20/2010 10:09:06 AM PDT by Minipax
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