Case in point, at the end of JUL, the CNO spoke to the 32nd Annual Black Data Processors Association (BDPA) Conference.
In it he stated,
In past years I’ll be perfectly honest, we have not reached out to all the people who could help. When I sit in a meeting with senior officers and senior government civilians on a daily basis, I value their perspectives but I can also look around the table and look around the room and I can see that some perspectives are absent, and I know that because of that absence good ideas are going unheard as a result.Speak for yourself. This isn't about you, and as our Fleet disappears in front of us due to a lost decade of poor leadership a the top, you are using your tax-payer funded position to subsidize your personal therapy apology tour. You are not describing the 21st Century Navy. In any event, for last two decades reaching out is all we have done. Maybe when you were a pup they didn't - but in the last two decades it has been regular practice.
Over the course of my career, I’ve learned first hand the value there is in having people of different backgrounds, different experiences working toward a common goal. And I see it as an absolute requirement if we are to take the Navy where it needs to go into the future.
What a huge insult to everyone who has ever served in a recruiting billet in the last few decades.
If you are concerned about people not being reached out to - how about those who you are actively rejecting? Drop me an email so I can put you in touch with a retired CAPT whose son was told to his face, in summary, "We already have enough white males. Sorry, we're not interested." He is just one of thousands.
And as for your last paragraph; when you visited the group of Sailors I was with in AFG, we were almost a majority minority group - but there you were eight feet from me preaching to us about how important Diversity was when you walked in with an all Caucasian personal staff. We are there. We don't care. Leave us alone.
Speaking of narcissistic myopia; chew on this for a bit.
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. He was selected for admiral this year. He was a close and personal friend, a consummate professional, who served with me in the Pacific Fleet, who later commanded the Navy Information Operations Center in Hawaii in a delightful little part of Oahu called Wahiawa. And in his first assignment as an admiral he will be the Director of Intelligence at the new U.S. Cyber Command.Note the bold.
Besides the cringe-worthy tone-deafness of "some of my best friends are black" part of it, I bet that everyone who was competing with Will loved that feeling of objectivity. Zero sum game and all.
No, that doesn't meet the defintion of fraternization - but it sounds bad, doesn't it?
Do we need to even go over the costs of the CNO doing this trip and others like it - costs on top of the millions already being spent?