Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Diversity Bullies Will Tarnish Your Achievement

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.

2 Comments:

Blogger Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

We are in complete agreement on this topic. Makes you wonder about EVERY minority selected for promotion since 2006. Were they part of a quota system? You bet. CNO is trying to balance the books on the backs of some quality people who didn't make it because their sex or their color wasn't quite right. And, that is not right.

Aug 21, 2010, 1:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more. As a retired Chief and former CMEO, I can honestly say that affirmative action is alive and well in the United States Navy! People are actually enlisting as Hispanic and Native American just so DOD can make their anual quotas!

Jan 3, 2011, 11:13:00 PM  

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