Report: Too Many People Who Can't Do Math Advising the Military
Report: Too many whites, men leading military. Just saw that headline thanks to an astute Ricochet reader's Facebook posting. I'd thank him but I don't know if he wants to be named.
According to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission's new report to Congress, we've got a real problem with white guys leading the military:
The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.
Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 16 percent are women, the report by an independent panel said, quoting data from September 2008.
Here's what I don't get. Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, apparently. According to the 2009 US census, 79.6 percent of Americans are white. You can logically argue that we need more women leading the military--though God knows why you would--to make it more representative of American demography. But you just can't argue that we need fewer white guys.
Then you've got 10 percent of the top brass sort of ... not accounted for. Add those numbers: They don't make 100 percent. But the remaining 10 percent isn't white, presumably. Maybe the actual report is clearer on this, but from the way it was explained in this article I just can't tell: Who is this mystery race, and do we need more or less of them in the military leadership to make it look more like America?