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                  The impacts of DEI personally and professionally are both rewarding and challenging. Rewarding in a sense that
diversity can help a person and an organization grow and learn through personal development or unit training. However, it can also be challenging. Trainees and leaders not accustomed to people from different lifestyles may struggle with adapting to an ever-changing society and Army. As I
analyze diversity, I recognize that my upbringing and military experience are significant to my development as a leader in the U.S. Army. We as leaders defend the greatest nation in the world – a democracy founded on the promise of opportunity for all. It is a nation whose demographic makeup parallels the environment in which we live, continually changing, and we must change to maintain and sustain its future forces. To the degree we genuinely represent our democracy, we are a more robust and a more relevant force. The Army views diversity as a strategic imperative. Diverse backgrounds and experiences bring inherently different outlooks and ways of thinking, the key
to innovation in organizations. We gain a strategic advantage by leveraging all soldiers’ diversity and creating an inclusive environment in which each member is valued and encouraged to provide ideas critical to innovation, optimization, and organizational mission success. The Army defines DEI as such:
a. Diversity - All attributes, experiences, cultures, characteristics, and backgrounds of the total force that reflect the nation we serve and enable the Army to deploy, fight, and win.
b. Equity - The fair treatment, access, opportunity, choice, and advancement for all Soldiers and
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) amongst Trainees
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Civilians while striving to identify and encourage drivers and identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of the total force.
c. Inclusion - The process of valuing and integrating each individual’s perspectives, ideas, and contributions into the way an organization functions and makes decisions, enabling workforce members to achieve their full potential in focused pursuit of organizational objectives.
As I reflect on my upbringing, I realize
the environment I grew up in shaped my understandings and perspectives towards DEI.
I grew up in an impoverished community comprised primarily of African Americans. Various organizations in my community advocated diversity and inclusion. For example, Emmett Scott Community Center offered support to groups
and services that encouraged unity and supported struggling families. Additionally, youth groups focused on community activities that encouraged diversity while simultaneously keeping us out of trouble.
My family also influenced my outlook on diversity. My parents had friends from different cultural backgrounds, many of which were like family. I had uncles and aunts who were Caucasian and African American, which seemed normal to me. At the end of the day, we are all human, and whom we love is whom we love. Ultimately, my parents were my most significant influence. Their values and acceptance of various cultures cultivated an upbringing of acceptance.
Current Work Experience
Not only has my upbringing instilled an acceptance of diversity, but also, the Army. The Army is highly diverse. I have worked with Soldiers of every race, religion, sex, gender, etc. Based on my personal values and what the Army has instilled in
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