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Two on diversity in the military

2011-03-09 15:42:02.968+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Shadow forwarded along two articles:

First: An AP article about an independent report to Congress suggesting that there needs to be more diversity at higher levels in the military. That report appears to be from the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (Journalism FAIL!). I know it's been a concern for me that, for instance, the military seems to be increasingly made up of evangelical Christians... From the re port's executive summary:

The commision's recommendations support two overriding and related objectives: (1) that the Armed Forces systematically develop a demographically diverse leadership that reflects the public it serves and the forces it leads and (2) that the Services pursue a broader approach to diversity that includes the range of backgrounds, skill sets anbd personal attributes that are necessary to enhancing military performance.

Second: A New York Post article about an American Airlines worker fired for using a term during a 'a workplace bull session about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."':

The fact that Schmitt was defending gay soldiers' right to serve -- "Back then, a faggot coulda saved my life" -- hasn't changed the airline's decision. Neither has his blemish-free employment record, nor the pleas of former JFK co-workers upset over the axing of their buddy known as "Papa Freddy."

Now it's the New York Post, which is somewhere around the AP in detail and Fox News in veracity, but I'd be interested in a little more depth on the story.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-10 00:36:44.483822+00 by: ebradway

I think the reason the upper ranks of military are predominately conservative Christian is the same reason the upper ranks of scientific research are predominately liberal secularists. It's kind of like the connection between Libertarians in computer programming. There's a relationship between avocation and disposition.