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Pentagon adviser calls for more diversity in US military — RT World News

Senior adviser to US defense secretary says push to bring more minorities into US military has nothing to do with ‘culture wars’

Bishop Garrison, senior adviser to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, pledged his support for more “diversity, equity and inclusion” in the U.S. Army on Wednesday. He insisted that politics has nothing to do with an ideology or a “culture war” arguing that the approach would make the U.S. military “more deadly” rather.

In a speech at the Center for a New American Security, Garrison said the military needed to do more to attract minority soldiers, who currently make up about 41% of the US armed forces.

“We need to find ways to access a wider talent pool and broader constituencies to attract these highly skilled and talented people,” Garrison said, claiming that a large percentage of minorities “tend to go out” army before reaching higher positions.

“We need to take a very data-driven approach to better understand what is really going on here. What’s the problem? And how can we fix it? he added.

Garrison said he wanted “as many leaders and members of the total force as possible” to view diversity efforts “as a force multiplier.”

“[Garrison] wants them to see the program as a way to make the U.S. military more effective at carrying out critical missions and to make forces more lethal,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The senior adviser insisted that the Army’s diversity efforts were not “diversity for diversity” and were “not just something that needs to be done because of some type of cultural ideology or ongoing culture wars.”

“It is not the case at all” Garrison pointed out.

Garrison’s speech was criticized by conservatives, arguing that US President Joe Biden’s administration’s priorities regarding the military have been shifted.

“Our enemies laugh at us” tweeted Washington Times columnist Tim Young.

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