All the different characteristics and
attributes of individuals, cultures, and organizations that are aligned with
DoD core values are integral to overall readiness and mission accomplishment
that are reflective of the Nation we serve.
Diversity is challenging people to maximize their
potential by embracing and promoting each other’s holistic characteristics.
Diversity is a warfighting readiness issue.
The National Guard (NG) must
attract people from all segments of American society and tap into the limitless
talent of the diverse population to reach its fullest potential as America’s
standing state military.
Ensures everyone has access to the same
opportunities. Equity recognizes that advantages and barriers exist, and that,
as a result, we all do not all start from the same place.
Equity is a process
that begins by acknowledging that unequal starting place and makes a commitment
to correct and address the imbalance.
Valuing and leveraging individual differences
for organizational success. Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the
inherent worth and dignity of each Service member and civilians is recognized.
An "inclusive" National Guard (NG) promotes, fosters, and builds
organizational strength through a positive work environment that promotes and
respects the differences and similarities – both visible and invisible. This is
manifested when a work environment is achieved where all individuals have equal
access to opportunities, resources, and information to allow them to fully
contribute individual strengths to the collective military might.