Today, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released an update to the Department of the Navy Diversity and Inclusion Policy statement, which is below. In this video, SECNAV discusses how the updated policy statement makes the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps a more effective warfighting force.
Department of the Navy Diversity and Inclusion Policy statement
A diverse and inclusive workforce has never been more important to the Department of the Navy’s success. We are stronger, more effective, and more innovative when our workforce reflects our Nation’s rich diversity and our workplace environment fosters respect, dignity, and equal opportunity.
Our Nation always faces new challenges and threats in an increasingly complex world. We must attract the best people from the full spectrum of talent our Nation has to offer in order to remain the finest fighting force the world has ever known. Recruiting, retaining, and promoting top performers is a readiness imperative. Organizations that embrace myriad backgrounds and perspectives will attract the best talent and remain ready.
A diverse Department fosters creativity and fuels innovation. Since 2010, we’ve removed restrictions under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Combat Exclusion Policy for Women that unduly limited service. Additionally, we continue to lean forward as we review policy options to maximize the opportunity for all who desire to serve our Nation.
Inherent in our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment is the fact that we embrace diversity. As we build our force, we must continue to cultivate an engaged, inclusive, and innovative work environment guided by our Core Values. This environment will empower and encourage each of our Sailors, Marines, Civilians, and Contractor personnel and will ensure that the Department of the Navy continues to grow ever stronger.
“We are one Navy Team – comprised of a diverse mix of active duty and reserve Sailors, Navy civilians, and our families – with a history of service, sacrifice and success. We will build on this history to create a climate of operational excellence that will keep us ready to prevail in all future challenges.”
Adm. John M. Richardson
Chief of Naval Operations
“The Marines of our Corps represent the American people who we have sworn to defend and protect. Through our recruiting, training, education, and retention of superb, talented, and committed men and women, we will enhance the quality and diversity of our Corps, and ensure that we maintain our ability to remain the Nation’s pre-eminent force-in-readiness. We will achieve the right balance across our Operating Forces, headquarters structures, key enablers, external assignments, and supporting establishment to generate a force capable of warfighting across all five domains.”
General Robert B. Neller
37th Commandant of the Marine Corps