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10 Feb, 2022 03:39

Pentagon adviser calls for more diversity in US military

Bishop Garrison says the push to get more minorities into the armed forces has nothing to do with “culture wars”
Pentagon adviser calls for more diversity in US military

Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, pledged his support for more “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in the US military on Wednesday. He insisted the policy has nothing to do with ideology or a “culture war,” arguing that the approach would make the US military “more lethal” instead.

In a speech to the Center for a New American Security, Garrison said the military needed to do more to attract minority soldiers, who currently comprise roughly 41% of the US armed forces.

“We have to find out ways of getting to a broader talent pool and broader interest groups in order to bring those highly qualified, talented individuals in,” Garrison stated, claiming that a large percent of minorities “tend to get out” of the military before advancing to higher positions.

“We need to take a very data-driven approach to get a better understanding as to what's actually happening here. What is the problem? And how can we address it?” he added.

Garrison said he wanted “as many leaders and members of the total force as possible” to view diversity efforts “as a force multiplier.”

“[Garrison] wants them to see the program as a way to make the U.S. military more successful in achieving critical missions and in making forces more lethal,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The senior adviser insisted that the military’s diversity efforts were not “diversity for diversity’s sake” and were “not just something that has to be done because of some type of cultural ideology or culture wars that are going on.”

“That's not the case at all,” he said.

Garrison’s speech was criticized by conservatives, who argued that the priorities of the Biden administration with regards to the military have been misplaced.

“Our enemies laugh at us,” Washington Times columnist Tim Young tweeted.