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The undersigned recently reviewed the Air Force’s Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR) published in December 2020, which focused on disparities affecting the African-American members of the force and provided recommendations to develop systemic action plans for each.
The continuing focus on Diversity and Inclusion has become more of a "Race issue" and a "Gender issue" than an "Ethnicity issue". The Hispanic American population has grown to be the largest minority group in this country, and yet, comparatively speaking, our Armed Forces still do not reflect “the face of the nation” with regard to the Hispanic American population.
The struggle for equality of races, genders, and ethnicities at the Defense Department has undergone many positive transitions since the end of World War II. But, counter to these successful outcomes, there are other groups severely lacking in representation in the senior ranks of military and civil service levels. One of these groups has a strong tradition of exemplary service to our nation.
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