Skip to comments.Navy Seeking More Minority SEALs
Posted on 02/24/2012 9:15:25 AM PST by lex33
In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy's SEALs have exactly the opposite problem -- they're overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they're trying to do something about it. It's a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units -- and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May -- tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force. (PHOTOS: Navy SEALs in Action) Say the SEALs: Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare. (PHOTOS: A History of Special Ops) The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of "minority males in the 1624 year-old target age range" to become SEALs. "This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare's ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities," a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says. The Navy isn't seeking only black SEALs: "Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native
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“...Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves....”
What, exactly does that mean?
Oh, silly me.
In the Special Ops community it doesn’t matter what race you are. The ONLY thing that matters is can you do the job and do it properly.
Who’s “brilliant” idea was this? Whoever it was should be fired.
The only "problem" is why anybody, anywhere, perceives this as a "problem"!
“In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem — they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. “
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you one of the Top Ten Most Asinine Statements Ever.
I guess we need a quota for brain surgeons as well
quick,someone post a picture of the singer Seal.
Minorities are underreprented for one of two reasons. They choose not to become special operators or they can not meet the requirements. There is no solution to either of those problems without conscription or lowering standards, neither of which should happen. BTW this is not unique to Seal teams, it is common across all infantry MOS’s.
Here's an idea some crazy guy had in the '60s, just go with the best of the best and pay no attention to race, creed or religion.
I’d be willing to bet the LGBT freaks are under-represented in the SEALs as well.....
Hear hear. I was just about to copy that line and comment on it myself.
This is like saying too many women give birth and we need to address this issue....bleeeech
Blacks, as a group, just aren’t into swimming...and to be a SEAL..ya gotta LOVE the ocean
“Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves.”
An idiotic reason for hiring people whose mission is mainly to stealthily kill bad guys and break their stuff. My Air Force has the same socially conscious idiots in charge of it. Argh.
Imagine if we applied this same logic to the NFL or NBA. It would be called racist....
Can’t wait for the EEOC to weigh in on this. They are probably already “subjected” to sensitivity training. Worse than cold water conditioning!!!!! Or waterboarding. Using more humane methods to off the baddies. War is......defeating the enemy! What fool doesn’t understand that? There is no reasoning with un-reasonable people.
Right after the post-Ft. Hood idiotic statement, “Diversity is our strength.”
I thought all SEALs were green.
These SEALS don't get clubbed, they kick @$$.