CNO Issues Navy's Diversity Policy

Story Number: NNS080303-18Release Date: 3/3/2008 2:22:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead recently issued the Navy's diversity policy in which he urges leaders to anticipate and embrace the demographic changes of tomorrow, and build a Navy that always reflects the make up of the country.

"The purpose of this policy is to ensure that everyone in the Navy understands how I feel about diversity. I believe that diversity is the responsibility of every leader, both military and civilian. Each leader must set and live the example, as well as create an environment in our Navy where every individual's contribution is valued and respected," he said. "Most importantly, the Navy must reflect the face of the nation. When the nation looks at its Navy, it should see itself reflected back."

Leadership is the foundation upon which the Navy is built and has served as the cornerstone of success for the organization since its inception. CNO has entrusted and challenges all members of the Navy team to lead diversity efforts through leadership, mentorship, service and example.

"I want our Navy's leaders to internalize this policy and demonstrate a personal commitment to attract young men and women to the Navy, and compel them to stay Navy. For those who are currently serving in our Navy, we must mentor these young people and provide opportunities for them to reach and maximize their fullest potential," Roughead said.

CNO emphasized that we all bring abundant life experiences and perspectives, and approach challenges and problems in various ways. It is these very talents and perspectives that make the Navy so successful, he said. Diversity is a necessity to remain a competitive, relevant and strong global force for peace.

"As an organization that's diverse at all levels, infused with many perspectives, we become stronger, more talented, more capable, and more effective. At the end of the day this is what our country wants and this is what our country deserves, a Navy that is out and about doing what it needs to do with the support of its country and the strength of its diversity to move forward," Roughead said.

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead talks with Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Steven C. Love a crew member aboard the admirals barge GITMO 7.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
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