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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Military Leadership: A Feasibility Analysis of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission's Service Academy Accession Recommendations

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dc.contributor.advisor Armor, David J.
dc.contributor.author Williams, Michael
dc.creator Williams, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-28T03:15:59Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-28T03:15:59Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8792
dc.description.abstract The Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) was created for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of policies and practices that shape diversity among military leaders. The commission concluded that the Armed Forces had not yet succeeded in developing a stream of leaders who are as demographically diverse as the nation they serve. It recommended twenty improvements to existing diversity-related policies and offered new initiatives to systematically develop more demographic diversity among military leadership. The recommendations included a proposal to increase minority representation in officer accession programs. To assess that recommendation this research sought to identify characteristics of demographically diverse individuals who participate in an officer accession program. The United States Naval Academy (USNA) was used as a case study and a comparison was made between the characteristics of a four-year cohort of USNA students and the characteristics of a similar cohort of students at comparably selective academic institutions. The resultant study provides a theoretical understanding of the characteristics of diverse students who entered the United States Naval Academy, discusses the feasibility of the MLDC recommendations, and contributes to the body of literature which seeks to understand who serves in the United States Military, and why.
dc.format.extent 188 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Michael Williams en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject Military studies en_US
dc.subject Civil-Military Relations en_US
dc.subject Diversity en_US
dc.subject Military Leadership Diversity Commission en_US
dc.subject Officer Accessions en_US
dc.subject Propensity for Military Service en_US
dc.subject United States Naval Academy en_US
dc.title Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Military Leadership: A Feasibility Analysis of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission's Service Academy Accession Recommendations en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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