The Department of Defense (DOD) is requesting roughly $114 million to finance its newest spherical of variety initiatives.
The DOD plans to make use of the funds for “diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility” (DEIA) applications in fiscal yr 2024.
“The FY 2024 President’s Budget request demonstrates the DoD’s commitment to DEIA and includes $114.7 million for dedicated diversity and inclusion activities,” the division wrote in its Strategic Management Plan for fiscal yr 2022 to 2026.
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It continues, “This funding across the Military Departments, OSD Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute is investing in programs and initiatives aimed at furthering DEIA, and incorporating DEIA values, objectives, and considerations in how we do business and execute our missions.”
The funding request is the biggest of its sort but for the DOD, which earmarked $68 million for DEIA initiatives in fiscal yr 2022 and $86.5 million in fiscal yr 2023, based on experiences from the Daily Wire.
“Leaders at all levels are responsible for fostering a climate of inclusion that supports diversity, is free from problematic behaviors, and does not tolerate retaliation or reprisal against those filing complaints,” the DOD beforehand wrote in its Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request.
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The doc continues, “Ultimately, recruiting and retaining a force with diverse backgrounds, thought, experience, expertise, and education enhances DoD’s global joint warfighter capabilities fundamental to all DoD activities.”
The specifics of the deliberate 2024 DEIA initiatives should not but recognized.
The Pentagon is presently in sizzling water with conservative critics after it failed its annual audit for the sixth yr in a row.
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Audit investigations have been carried out at roughly 700 websites by 1,600 auditors.
The division handed solely 7 out of 29 sub-audits in 2023 — equivalent to final yr’s remaining outcomes. Auditors discovered that half of the division’s claimed belongings couldn’t be accounted for.