Friday, February 24, 2012
Navy SEALS look to diversify... I mean Diversity
The Navy is re-purposing its old push to recruit more minorities into Navy SEAL teams.
Back in 1999, Congress directed a study by the RAND Institute to look at Black representation in the SEALs and Special Operations units. The study affirmed what the Navy already knew - SEALs are widely perceived as an all white organization. Back in 2002, RADM Eric Olson said the problem has never been that Blacks could not qualify for SEALS (less than 30% of applicants of any race make it). Blacks were (and continue) succeeding in the same percentages as whites. RADM Olson said the problem was that the Navy couldn't attract Blacks in large enough numbers to make a difference in the overall representation of minorities in the SEALs.
Fast forward to today and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Mark Thompson of TIME Magazine provides a thoughtful update to the Navy's ongoing efforts to increase minority representation among its most elite fighting force. Obviously some will see this as an effort to undermine the strength of our elite fighting forces. SEALs and Marines are known for being uncompromising when maintaining standards. As long as those standards are maintained, the SEALs will welcome all who meet them. Few can.
You can read Mark's excellent piece HERE. And don't miss ACT OF VALOR!!