The Navy Captain posted a quote from a CNO speech, "We now have 30 minority flag officers and 32 female flag officers, or admirals, for a 49% increase since 2006...For those of you who are in the information world, this year it’s been my great personal pleasure for me as I welcomed into the ranks of our Navy admirals, a former shipmate, a great African American officer by the name of [Rear Admiral] Will Metts."
What is the purpose of mentioning RADM Metts' race? Why is it important?
Compare how this sounds, He's a great naval officer. He's a great African-American officer.
Now add the CNO's metric. A 49% increase in minority and female flags in the last four years. Why have the numbers gone up so rapidly so recently? Does this reflect a huge year group bubble of minority officers hitting the flag boards? Or maybe Captains who can check the special group box have just been outperforming their peers recently. Either explanation is acceptable, but it is doubtful that that's what is really going on.
Sadly, that doubt about why they were selected diminishes the achievement of true performers.
Great officers are great performers. Sailors will work for great officers. We can slice down to cryptologists, surface warfare, avaitors, etc. But don't slice it by how people look. It's demeaning.