DOD announces creation of diversity and inclusion committee
Department of Defense has taken flak for its prioritization of social issues and progressive projects.
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The Department of Defense has formed the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI) and on Friday announced the appointment of its inaugural slate of members.
General (Ret.) Lester Lyles will chair the committee, which is "composed of civilian women and men who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense to provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the improvement of racial/ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity within the Department with a primary focus on military personnel," according to a DOD press release.
"It is an incredible honor to be appointed as the Chair of the DACODAI," Lyles said of his appointment. "This year marks a historical event as the first committee to provide the Secretary of Defense with advice and recommendations to improve racial/ethnic diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity as a force multiplier in the military.
"I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to help the Defense Department so that our national security is strengthened by the full participation of a diverse and inclusive environment with service members of every background."
Lyles, the DOD stated, is "devoted to community service, particularly in diversity and inclusion matters which he believes is a mission imperative to national security."
Under the Biden administration, the Department of Defense has taken flak for its prioritization of social issues and progressive projects, especially amid major military failures such as the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.