Thursday, July 28, 2011

Diversity Thursday

Operationalizing Diversity; one drip of racialist discrimination at a time. Funny what is the top priority; funny.
Subject: Active Duty Status & EDO Diversity Policy Accountability survey
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:42:26 -0400
From: [redacted]


I know that each of you are busy with your active duty assignments and we do not want to burden you with extra reserve administrivia, but I have a couple of requests:

(1) CDR and CDR(S) please participate in the EDO Diversity Policy Accountability survey - and the password is "edo". The suspense on this task is 08JUL2011, but we are trying to wrap up this week. This is literally a 5 minute survey.

Please advise me when you have completed it. If you have already done this and reported that information to the NAVSEA Reserve Program Regional CO thanks.

(2) We would like pictures and stories. At your convenience send me a picture of you and a short paragraph on what your assignment entails. I have also requested the same of the IA. All told we have had ~40+ RC ED on active duty for the last two years. We want to make sure the word is getting out on how we are supporting the AC ED community and the bigger Navy. Strong publicity is likely to lead to follow-on assignments and keep the active duty tempo at the same rate.

(3) Please send me a copy of your orders and advise me of your PRD. Given the shift in the DON budgets, future follow-on recalls or extensions are unlikely unless you want to do a high priority fill such as Afghan Pakistan Hands (APH). Please let me know of your desires so we can plan. ADSW are easier to arrange if your command has the right color of money. CDR [redacted] is the POC for NAVSEA ADSW.

Thanks for your service.


CDR [redacted]
NAVSEA RC ED Community Manager
SEA [redacted].2, (202) 781-[redacted]
DSN 326-[redacted]


Salty Gator said...

"ADSW is easier to arrange if your command has the right color of money.  [and the right color of Sailors]."

dc said...

I went and took the survey as an "Australian Indigenous" CDR(S). Did these good Navy officials actually use Survey Monkey for an official survey?

Irony? Anyone? Howard Cosell lost his career by calling someone a monkey. 

There must be a hundred people working in the ED Directorate, ninety nine of which should be working on a ship somewhere.

I close my eyes and I hear Grace Slick singing about asking some chick named Alice.

OldCOB said...

I don't think they're going to like my input.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Why isn't the good CDR's billet "RC ED Community ORGANIZER"?

Grumpy Old Ham said...

<span><span>...Diversity Policy Accountability...</span>  </span>
<span>Definition of OXYMORON</span><span> : a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness); broadly : something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements </span></span>

UltimaRatioRegis said...

DoD is good at surveys.  Like the DADT "WHEN they allow gays in the military..." 

LT B said...

You saw the IG report on that, yes?

Sean said...

Okay, I will play...I will ask the same set of questions I ask at work when these sort of thongs come rolling down from corporate...

1. When did the RC ED Community Manager know about this survey? He sent out an email on Wed morning asking for input by Friday of that week. Why the short turnaround time? did the survey just pop up on his radar screen or (what I usually suspect...) did he/she know about this survey but not ask for input until the last moment?

2. Why do I have to advise him that I have taken the survey? Isn't the survey smart enough to tell him/her who has completed the survey? If the survey is completely anonymous , can I just send you an email saying I have completed it when I really have not?!? How would you know if I did that to you?

3. Why do I have to do this person's job and send them a copy of my orders and PRD? Isn't this something that the RC ED Community Manager can get by themselves? If not, isn't that fact a strong indication that this information is none of your damn business??

The only way an organization stops these time wasting exercises is when such requests are slapped down HARD.


DeltaBravo said... beat me to it, SG!  I was thinking... you can fill a Navy with all the colors of the rainbow quickly.  If your only criteria is color.  I can fill my purse just as quickly with all colors of money (I have a Monopoly game in the closet.)  But when it comes to using it, will the Rainbow Navy be worth any more than my rainbow dollars? 

Again till we're blue in the face.... ignore ethnicity and color and gender and all that other stuff and just focus on people who want to and can do the mission.  Give them a job to do that doesn't involve discriminating against their shipmates and focusing on the one thing they have no control over.   

DeltaBravo said...

I reread this... in the totality of it all... is it just me or is there a bit of a threat implied in this for those who don't participate?

DeltaBravo said...

Look at #2 again... why do they want a picture of you?  Hmmm???  How many of you guys routinely have to send a photo along when filling out Navy surveys?

It reminds me of a guy named Guido going along the street and telling shop owners "Hey, I got this deal for you.  Gimme money and maybe bad things won't happen to that nice little store of yours.  You know what big supporters of commerce we are." 

Aubrey said...

"<span>CDR [redacted]
NAVSEA RC ED Community Manager"</span>

I know, I know...acronyms are king.  But am I the only one whose worse-side sees the above title and keeps thinking said community involves a little blue pill?

butch said...

I'm a retired Reserve ED, and I still get this stuff in my dot-civ e-mail account.  When this hit my inbox, I replied that if I was still in, I would not play.

Grumpy Old Ham - they are allowing for access from non-dot-mil sites because they are polling Reservists and we don't always have access to those sites.  Especially in the short turn-around given. 

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Did indeed, thanks, LT B.  Which makes Mullen lecturing on integrity like having Willie Sutton lecture about how wrong it is to steal.

Salty Gator said...

gotta get up earlier, Ms Delta! :)

Grumpy Old Ham said...

If it's an entire community, they should be able to negotiate a quantity discount on those little blue pils, right?


Rod said...

<span>"ninety nine of which should be working on a ship somewhere" ...doing something useful like chipping paint!

John said...

We have identified another billet to be eliminated when the budget cuts come!

JohnS said...

I would never suggest that we all hit the surveymonkey link and overload the reporting with thousands of left handed, red haired Fijian CDRs.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

DoD becoming advocates for the homosexual lifestyle?  NOBODY saw that comin'! 

Where's Jhey?  Wonder if his apology for being wrong will be as loud and shrill as his declarations of everybody else's closed-mindedness and ignorance?

Somehow I doubt it.  Hey Salamander, you owe me another beer.

Casey Tompkins said...

Actually, URR, if you read the article carefully it says the gay-activist group OutServe wants the DoD to specifically target potential gay recruits. There is no indication DoD is actually going to do so. The best the Times could do to bolster this virtual (excuse the pun) non-story was a very non-committal quote that the services are always interested in capable people.

So right now I'm not too fussed. Yet. I suppose it depends on how many Mullen's gain influence.

Salty Gator said...

Damn I tried to post that but the comments section was down for a few hours.

right on, URR.  You did call it.  Just wait...official US Navy Float at the San Francisco PRIDE festival.

Hey, how long before transsexuals get to decide which uniform they want to wear?

Salty Gator said...

not to be a jerk, butch, but what does a reserve officer EDO do?  I mean, do you guys come to NAVSEA one weekend a month, two weeks a year?  What do you work on?  Just curious

Salty Gator said...

oh here we go with the italian bashing.......

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Okay Casey, I'll play.  When was the last time that DoD did not cave in and do precisely what the special interest group/politically favored minority group wanted them to do?

There will be DoD representation at the meeting in Vegas, and DoD will launch an initiative to recruiters to make homosexuals another of those "highly desired" recruiting categories.   It will turn up in Salamanders DivThu before too long goes by. 

Don't think so?  You must have been vacationing incommunicato for 2 1/2 years.

DeltaBravo said...

Naw, SG, the shakedown routine really knows no ethnicity.  Just the Jersey/Brooklyn types made it an art form.  A true art form.

Alo said...

Survey's closed.  Gee, fancy that.  [snicker]

Grumpy Old Ham said...

Understood -- I inferred from the phrase "...<span>you are busy with your active duty assignments..." that the majority of the targeted respondents were on EAD or ADSW orders, and thus had access to accounts.