U.S. Department of Defense Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

U.S. Department of Defense Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion The Department of Defense (DoD) Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) directs and oversees policies and programs to promote a DoD culture of dignity and respect that values diversity and inclusion as readiness imperatives.

ODEI envisions a Department of Defense that reflects the face of the Nation. To that end, we seek a Department that competes for the best and brightest talent our Nation has to offer. We focus our efforts on emerging talent to ensure that we successfully attract, recruit, develop and retain a highly-skilled Total Force capable of meeting current and future mission requirements.

Operating as usual

01/27/2021

Nominated by President Biden and voted on by the Senate, Lloyd J. Austin III has become the 28th confirmed Defense Secretary and will lead the dedicated men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly served our Nation. #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly served our Nation. #VeteransDay

Today, we thank the men and women who gave selflessly and sacrificed in service to their country. Join us in saluting them this #VeteransDay.

05/25/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

#HonorOurFallen

It’s incredibly important to remember what #MemorialDay stands for. It’s a day for us to reflect and honor those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom. #HonorOurFallen #NeverForget #MemorialDay2020 #HonorThem

This #MemorialDay we reflect on the selfless service of our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.  #Hono...
05/28/2019

This #MemorialDay we reflect on the selfless service of our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice. #HonorThem

We honor the fallen this #MemorialDay and thank them for making the ultimate sacrifice for the country. #HonorThem

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!!!photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
01/04/2019

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!!!

photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

09/27/2018
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Just announced by the The White House:
Sgt. Maj. John Canley will become the 300th Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

President Donald J. Trump called Canley July 9 to share the news and congratulate him.

As a gunnery sergeant during the Vietnam War, Canley took command of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, after his company commander was wounded during the Battle of Hue City. He led his Marines while saving lives and eliminating enemy threats over several days.

Happy Independence Day from the Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. We salute al...
07/05/2018

Happy Independence Day from the Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. We salute all who have served and all who continue to serve to ensure our enduring freedom.
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#July4 #July4th #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #freedom #USA #doddiversity

We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. #MemorialDay #MemorialDay18 #HonorThem
05/28/2018

We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

#MemorialDay #MemorialDay18 #HonorThem

As part of Women's History Month, we recognize Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina U.S. Air Force...
03/22/2018
First Latina military pilot, area aviators honored at Hall of Fame awa

As part of Women's History Month, we recognize Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina U.S. Air Force pilot.

"Coming through the Air Force was a career I always dreamed of, and that's what I was able to accomplish here." --USAF Lt Col Olga Custodio, Ret.

Click below to take a look back to the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame awards, where Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Custodio was honored.

#WomensHistoryMonth #DoD #doddiversity #diversity #inclusion

Retired Air Force lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the first Latina pilot to serve in the U.S. Air Force was honored at a First Latina military pilot, area aviators honored at the San Antonio Aviation and

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces observance of Women's History Month.Both in uniform and through the civil...
03/09/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces observance of Women's History Month.

Both in uniform and through the civilian sector, American mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives have selflessly served to defend and protect the land of the free and home of the brave. Even in grim situations and under austere conditions, these women have persevered--standing tall and strong as defenders of freedom, liberty, and justice.

The Department salutes all the patriotic women who have answered the call of duty throughout our Nation's history and those who continue to stand the watch.

#WomensHistoryMonth #USA #DoD #doddiversity #diversity #inclusion

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of National African American History Month, Februar...
02/01/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of National African American History Month, February 1-28, 2018.

From the early days of the American Revolution to the trenches of World War I and II; from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan, and present-day missions around the world, African Americans have honorably served to defend this great nation.

DoD is committed to recognizing and honoring African Americans for their noble service to our nation and advancement of the principles of equality and diversity throughout the United States.

#DoD #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth #ODMEO #doddiversity #diversity #inclusion

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance:Thursday, January 25, 201810:00 a.m.Pentagon Auditorium
01/18/2018

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Pentagon Auditorium

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday o...
01/12/2018

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 15, 2018. On this day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was critical to the advancement of equality and civil rights in America.

#MLKDay2018 #MLKDay #MLK #MartinLutherKing #diversity #inclusion #equality #civilrights #DoD #doddiversity #ODMEO

To all who are celebrating: We wish you a very happy Hanukkah!
12/12/2017

To all who are celebrating: We wish you a very happy Hanukkah!

Sailor's Native American heritage inspires Navy career:"In my tribe we have a saying, 'Hzhoogo naashaa', which translate...
11/28/2017
The Makings of a Navajo Sailor

Sailor's Native American heritage inspires Navy career:

"In my tribe we have a saying, 'Hzhoogo naashaa', which translates to 'in beauty I walk,'" Alamo said. "To me this means, no matter what obstacles are thrown at you, always strive to better yourself professionally and personally."

#AmericanIndianHeritageMonth #DoD #diversity #inclusion #doddiversity #ODMEO

Ya'at'teeh, shi ei Denise yinshye, Kinyaa a'anii nishli, Ta neeszahnii bashishchiin, A'shiinii dashicheii, Ma'ii deshgiizhnii dashinali.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes National American Indian Heritage Month:"From the Revolutionary War to pre...
11/01/2017

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes National American Indian Heritage Month:

"From the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed and continue to contribute greatly to national defense. These patriotic Americans have served our military forces and participated in every major conflict since the time General George Washington enlisted their help in America's fight for independence ... American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to enrich this great Nation with traditions of the past and innovation for the future. Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the Nation, along with their rich legacy -- deeply woven throughout our Nation's fabric."

#AmericanIndianHeritageMonth #doddiversity #diversity #inclusion #DoD #ODMEO

"Nine months after the accident Bowman was about to turn his tragedy into triumph when he became the first double ampute...
10/26/2017
Distribution Multicultural committee celebrates Disability Awareness M

"Nine months after the accident Bowman was about to turn his tragedy into triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. He also continued his jumps, practicing with nine jumps a day, five days a week."

http://www.dla.mil/AboutDLA/News/NewsArticleView/Article/1351704/distribution-multicultural-committee-celebrates-disability-awareness-month/

#NDEAM #doddiversity #ODMEO #inclusion #DoD

DLA Distribution’s Multicultural Committee celebrated the true spirit and the many and varied contributions of America

Join us for the 37th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony as we commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month ...
10/02/2017

Join us for the 37th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony as we commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and honor service members and civilians with disabilities for their outstanding contributions in support of the Department of Defense mission.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pentagon Auditorium

To register for the event, email: [email protected]

#DoD #diversity #inclusion #doddiversity #ODMEO #NDEAM #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth"At the Department of Defense, ...
10/02/2017

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth

"At the Department of Defense, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the strength and readiness of our personnel. We proudly acknowledge that unique and diverse abilities are vital to Total Force effectiveness.
Individuals with disabilities have served and continue to serve valiantly as DoD civilians and members of our Armed Forces. Their exceptional abilities have driven DoD innovation in every capacity – to include science, technology, medicine, and beyond. These individuals are integral to mission success and their perspectives and abilities are essential to modernization of the Force. DoD honors and recognizes these patriotic individuals for their dedicated service and sacrifice. The Department remains committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities to ensure a diverse and inclusive Total Force."

#diversity #inclusion #DoD #DoDdiversity #ODMEO #NDEAM

Meet Navy Lt. Victor H. Gutierrez:Lt. Victor H. Gutierrez was born in Pereira, Colombia, and enlisted in the Navy in Aug...
09/27/2017

Meet Navy Lt. Victor H. Gutierrez:

Lt. Victor H. Gutierrez was born in Pereira, Colombia, and enlisted in the Navy in August 1999. He attended basic training and seaman apprenticeship schools in Great Lakes, Illinois. In November 1999, he reported to the destroyer USS Oldendorf where he completed two deployments; a Western Pacific deployment in 2000 and South America Counter Drug Operations deployment in 2002. He advanced to disbursing clerk second class and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin.

In June 2003, Gutierrez reported to Personnel Support Detachment Coronado in San Diego and was part of the consolidation with Personnel Support Detachment North Island. While at PSD North Island, he was advanced to disbursing clerk first class and became qualified as a personnel specialist-advanced disbursing operations. In February 2005, he volunteered for an individual augmentee assignment to Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. He served as the deputy disbursing officer supporting 14 countries during Operation Enduring Freedom

Read more about Lt. Gutierrez and others on the 2017 DoD Hispanic Heritage Month web special:

https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/Hispanic-Heritage/

#HispanicHeritageMonth #diversity #inclusion #doddiversity #DoD #ODMEO

Meet Marine Corps Master Sgt. James Ramirez:Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, MSgt Ramirez lived and travelled as a youth ...
09/26/2017

Meet Marine Corps Master Sgt. James Ramirez:

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, MSgt Ramirez lived and travelled as a youth in South America, primarily in Colombia. He graduated from Bergen County High School in 1990.

In 1991, MSgt Ramirez joined the Marine Corps and served as a Maintenance Management Analyst where he soon deployed to Somalia with I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE. In 1995, MSgt Ramirez was accepted for duty a Marine Security Guard (MSG) and served in a variety of overseas billets until, in 1999, he successfully completed the rigorous Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Interrogator/Prisoner of War school and was awarded the 0251 Interrogator/Translator Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Read more about MSgt Ramirez and others on the 2017 DoD Hispanic Heritage Month web special:
https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/Hispanic-Heritage/

#HispanicHeritageMonth #diversity #inclusion #doddiversity #DoD #ODMEO

09/18/2017
Hispanic Heritage at the Department of Defense

The Department of Defense joins the nation in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

#DoD #diversity #inclusion #DoDdiversity #HispanicHeritageMonth

Official website for U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #HispanicHeritageMonth: "Hispanic Americans have enriched our Nation with ...
09/15/2017

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #HispanicHeritageMonth:
"Hispanic Americans have enriched our Nation with traditions, innovation, and leadership. These Americans have, and continue to, courageously serve as members of our Armed Froces and DoD civilians. From the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, Hispanics have been integral to the fortitude of the Total Force. DoD is committed to honoring and recognizing Hispanic Americans for their contributions to the strength of our Nation, and for their dedicated service and protection of the United States."

#diversity #inclusion #DoD #DoDdiversity #ODMEO

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #WomensEqualityDay: "As we celebrate women's equality, let us reflect upon...
08/28/2017

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) observes #WomensEqualityDay: "As we celebrate women's equality, let us reflect upon the progress we have made within the DoD to strengthen the Total Force through equal opportunity for all men and women. Today, we proudly acknowledge that women can serve in any capacity in the U.S. Armed Forces. Women are integral to a diverse force, and it is a diverse force that makes us a stronger force. From the picket lines to the front lines of combat, women of the past and present have served and sacrificed tremendously to pave the way for future generations of Americans to pursue and achieve their dreams."

#equality #diversity #inclusion #equalopportunity #equalemploymentopportunity #DoD #DoDdiversity #ODMEO

Check out these success stories from the Worforce Recruitment Program!http://www.askearn.org/topics/recruitment-hiring/w...
08/18/2017
WRP Success Stories - EARN

Check out these success stories from the Worforce Recruitment Program!

http://www.askearn.org/topics/recruitment-hiring/workforce-recruitment-program-wrp/wrp-success-stories/#genesis-nav-primary

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) links college students and recent graduates with disabilities to federal and private sector employers nationwide for internships and employment. The Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity manages the Defense Department's participation in the WRP.

Learn more about WRP here: https://wrp.gov/LoginPre.do;jsessionid=2C1B0C2A42C20194777B429BECCDBC4C?method=login

#DoDdiversity #diversity #inclusion #USA U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) #ODMEO #WRP #internship #employment

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China Is a Long Way From "Equality": Communist China can NEVER become equal to the United States until the CCP relinquishes power and China becomes a multi-party Democracy with genuine freedoms of expression, association and the press. Only then can China begin to claim ANY equality with any of the nations of the free world. Until then China remains a grossly inferior, sometimes highly despotic, totalitarian state that continues to promote its ever growing list of political evils as if they are virtues.
Communist China - How Much Is Too Much ? 1. China's Afghanistan policy. Suspected dealings with the Taliban. Intent to establish China–Pakistan Economic Corridor & integrate Afghanistan into the regional Belt and Road Initiative. Believed intent to gain control over Afghanistan's natural resources and its strategic value. 2. China's agreements with Iran. 3. China's relationship with Pakistan. 4. China's provocative actions on the India border. 5. China's backing of the Myanmar military coup. 6. China's backing of North Korea. 7. China's actions in the South China Sea. 8. China's actions suppressing Democracy, freedoms & rights in Hong Kong. 9. China's failure to halt its role in the International Narcotics & M**h trade. 10. China's provocations against the Philippines. 11. Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, and Cuba have had frequent official military visits, exchange of military officers, and navy port calls. South American countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina are buying Chinese weapons. Chile, Ecuador and Peru have experienced significant PLA interest. 12. Alleged Uyghur genocide and Xinjiang internment camps. 13. CCP actions contrary to reasonable religious freedoms in China. 14. China threats and military posturing against Taiwan autonomy. 15. In July 2017, China set up its first overseas military base in Djibouti as a logistics facility for military missions in Africa. Indian analysts, have described the base in Djibouti as part of China's expansionist "String of Pearls" geopolitical and military strategy in the Indian Ocean. 16. CCP, PLA espionage against civilian and military targets in the free world. 17. CCP, PLA proven acts of intimidation against NGO activists & ex-pats. 18. China developing bilateral and multilateral security relationships with Southeast Asian states that favor CCP, PLA doctrine & its intent. 19. Relations between Australia and its biggest trading partner, China, are quickly deteriorating as it pushes back against Beijing's increasingly assertive foreign policies. China seeking to punish Australia for not passively toeing the Chinese line. 20. Unresolved and continued illegal occupation & oppression of Tibet. 21. China's far from innocent activities to the north of Communist China proper, which are believed to be seeking ever increasing influence and control. 22. CCP, PLA persistent military build up of weapons of aggression believed to be significantly in excess of what the CCP, PLA declares as being its actual intentions and activities. We have probably neglected something that ought to be on the list, but how much is too much, and where is the line actually and effectively going to be drawn ? Thus far the CCP, PLA appear to have stepped over every previous line that was previously drawn, anywhere in the world, with the clear and evident indications that the CCP, PLA intends to continue to step over every line that is being drawn or may be drawn against their persistent advance entirely contrary to global interests as to human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the national security of other nations, individually and collectively.
Quick question. Y'all gonna mess this Lt up or look out for him? The Law Enforcement Officer is clearly out of line. Kinda messed up if you ask many many people. Yeah it happened last year and for the love of God y'all better have stood by this soldiers side through this. ***Edit*** There is wars abroad.. Yet there's clearly a war among us on American Soil. Better be straightened out before all of the High Heavens and Hell break loose.
FreeWorld recently spearheaded a community-wide recording project (sort of a Memphis "We Are The World" kinda thang), and we just released the video & audio of the song "D-Up (Here's to Diversity)" last week: https://youtu.be/fiSK7F4xCpQ We’re all extremely proud of the way it turned out, with the end result being a multi-genre, multi-racial, multi-cultural music video meant to celebrate and exemplify Memphis' (and the whole world's, for that matter!) DIVERSITY, and was created purely as a way to showcase the concept, the lyrics, the voices, the faces, and the overarching idea of DIVERSITY as an essential quality of Life! All the artists donated their time and talents to the project, and all we want is for this song & video to go globally viral - for the sake of the world. We're not trying to raise money, we're just trying to raise awareness and consciousness across the globe - Memphis style! PLEASE ENJOY & SHARE!! 🎼🌎💖
Can you please find out what happened to OPM’s Merit System Principles because it seems to be null and void these days
This video highlights our Healthcare Facility Commander, COL (Dr.) Yolonda Summons, in Belgium as part of LGBT Pride Month and thought you'd like to share it!  
Currently, do we have the number of LGBT servicemembers that are currently serving?
Where is the LGBT Pride Month DoD poster located? I do not see it under Observances.
Currently, what is the amount of Asian Pacific Service members serving in the Armed Forces.
ODMEO Team: Good-afternoon! I am trying to get an accurate number of African American Veterans who have served in the military or approximate number or percentage. Also, the number or percentage of African Americans currently serving in all components of the military today. This information is needed because we are writing an article for Black History Month. Respectfully, Paul
ODMEO Team: I am trying to find a directive or policy that DoD has pertaining to Christmas. Currently, I am facing an issue in my unit where the word Merry " Christmas" is a issue with many. I am looking for true guidance on this. I look forward to any dialogue. Lastly, is there a policy/directive that states Christmas is a Federal Holiday that the military recognizes? Thanks!
DOD does a good job in celebrating Native contributions to the US military. My War Shield Gourd Society brothers and sisters and Kiowa friends would be proud. Nia'ish