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Pentagon Unveils New, Inclusive ‘Human Goals Charter’

Hagel, Dempsey lead ceremony for document promoting equity regardless of "genetic information" in "an unprecedented era of change."

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April 28, 2014 - 6:09 pm
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WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military brass gathered in the Pentagon auditorium Monday to pull out their pens and sign a ceremonial document vowing to “create an inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters mutual respect and cooperation among all persons.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey led the signing of the 2014 Human Goals Charter: “the cornerstone document governing the Defense Department’s fair treatment of people, as well as its diversity and equity programs.”

The document was updated this year to reflect the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against gays serving openly in the military.

“This ceremony, as has been noted, marks an important milestone in our efforts to ensure that the Department of Defense remains a place of progress, progress in opportunity for all people, military and civilian. Today, we reaffirm that our most important resource is our people,” Hagel said. “I know all the leaders in this room and all over the world share our belief that you take care of your people first, and to fulfill that commitment, we must ensure that every man and every woman in this department has the opportunity to succeed, excel and reach their full potential. That is the purpose of DOD’s Human Goals Charter.”

Printed on parchment-style paper, Hagel noted that “the values expressed in the charter are as old as America itself.”

The charter states that “our nation was founded on the principle that each individual has infinite dignity and worth,” and stresses that the Pentagon must recognize the “individual needs, aspirations, and capabilities” of its service members and civilian employees.

“We gain a strategic advantage through the diversity of our total force and create a culture of inclusion where individuals are drawn to serve, are valued, and actively contribute to overall mission success.”

Among the vows listed to attain those goals are ensuring “that equal opportunity is an integral part of readiness” and to “make military service in the Department of Defense a model of equal opportunity for all regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.”

It says the DoD will strive “to provide equity in civilian employment regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or genetic information, without reprisal” and to “hold those who do business with or receive assistance from the Department to full compliance with its equal opportunity policies,” as well as “create an inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters mutual respect and cooperation among all persons.”

It was signed by the military and civilian leaders of all of the service branches as well as top Pentagon officials.
Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said the event “highlights the department’s unwavering commitment to its people, to diversity, and to inclusion.”

“Honestly, ladies and gentlemen, having these goals is really very good, but being able to say that this department is the frontrunner in these goals is exactly what we can be proud of today. This has been an unprecedented era of change, truly, since the desegregation of the armed forces in 1948 to the accomplishments of the present,” Wright added.

That includes, she said, “fundamental changes in our views of sexual orientation.”

“We have extended the benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed servicemembers and the department’s civilian employees. We have and we will continue to open military positions to servicemembers who were able to perform those duties, regardless of their gender, and those are just a few of the accomplishments,” Wright continued. “…Diversity is more than race or gender or religion. It’s a variety or mixture of thought. It’s the variety and mixture of ability, background, language, culture and skill. Fairness and dignity and respect and cooperation are among all members of our department, and that is an integral part of our mission accomplishment.”

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“We gain a strategic advantage through the diversity of our total force..." as per that complete incompetent, Hagel.

No idiot. You do NOT gain a strategic advantage through "diversity". You gain a strategic advantage through UNITY, excellent training and esprit de corps. What the Left has done is completely destroy esprit de corps. Many soldiers are leaving when their time is up because they cannot stomach the social experimentation and political correctness. Nor can I blame them.
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Considering they haven't won a war in almost 70 years, maybe they should focus on that...
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If I die on a Russian Sea hang my nuts in a cherry tree, honey, oh baby, mine.....

the Drill cadences are universal aren't they, USAF, 1980-82, Honorable Medical Discharge, severe hearing loss. (Training accident.). SP, secured nukes, ground combat specialist, we trained with Ranger instructers, picked up their marching songs.

can't say I'm impressed,.... General Curtis LeMay would have pimp slapped Hagel, before having him strapped in a parachute and kicked like cargo out the back of a C-141 at 45,000ft.

and Truman would have approved...

Harassing Christian and devout Jews, all but barring Chaplins
from being Chaplins. Letting agenda driven gay mafia root out religious men and women,... but, diversity.... unless you believe in God.

Openly serving gays?... they were always there, most had the good grace to blend in, some.. My squad had a gay E-4, and guess what his favorite game was?.. harassing the young airmen for favors in exchange for good fitness evals.. yes, we reported him, but without proof, and no confession from him, they just wrote it off, till he got busted in town with weed, and gay porn was found in his room.

I wasn't his type apparently, so his harassment of me was not intense, and no, I never went for a "ride" with him,... one airman
did,.. later tried to kill himself.

So excuse me if I have no fondness for gays in the ranks.. that airman was 17, and had been aspiring to a career, which all ended when he was coerced into acts that sickened him and he took a bottle of pills to end it... I have no idea if he is even still alive, but his life was changed forever for what might have been because of one predator.
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Ukraine burns and we're worried about appeasing homosexual activists. A sad day in America.
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WTF? I must be dreaming. This is satire, right?
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Typical leftist gobbletygook.

I am especially amused by the assertion that individuals have "infinite dignity and worth." Infinite! Where on earth does that come from?
If you believe in the infinite God of the Bible and in the eternal soul, it makes sense --- but for a secularist it seems a bold, if not absurd, statement.

Then there was the mention of "national orientation" in the long list of Things We Don't Care About. Made me chuckle. I'm sure it was just a flub of the phrase, "national origin," but it conjures up visions of WWII soldiers defecting to the German side and being applauded for exhibiting diversity!

(Actually, the ways things are going right now, I probably shouldn't be chuckling about that.)

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The dumbing down of America is almost complete!!! I always thought that in the end our military would stand with the true Patriots when it was time now I'm not so sure.
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Just wait until our armed forces get unionized and start striking when ordered into combat.
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Hmmm, so now we are dumping some of this Liberal Socialist Communistic crap and going back to a defensive posture that we had 50 years ago.... before we fell into the ravine of Z grams.. and feel good military...
Welcome to the dance of three steps forward (?) and four steps back.
The military is there for a purpose and that purpose is not pattycake, it is to take the offensive and win the contest as quickly as possible with the least loss of OUR troops... PERIOD!!
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Where is R. Lee Ermey's Mail Call when we need it?
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Two further points, you don't join the military to find a sex partner, and if they want to be all inclusive, they should stop harassing Christians
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IMNSHO, if Suzy Cheerleader is willing and ABLE to hump 120 lbs of weapon, armor, and equipment up and down a mountain without slowing down the rest of her squad, then let her go for it. But, no special accommodations for women in combat arms. And no BS about being sexually harassed if someone tells her she's cute, or tells a dirty joke. Rape is already prohibited, but if you want to join a fraternity, you have to accept the actions of frat boys.
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Sorry, you'll never get me to agree that sending a woman out to potentially die a horrible death makes us an enlightened and civilized people.
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so now lesbians gays and transgendered can wear the uniforms representing our Armed Forces. So does a transgendered member serve in the female branches or male?
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Doesn't matter ... as long as they look good in the Pride Parade. Insanity reigns in Washington.
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“We gain a strategic advantage through the diversity of our total force..." as per that complete incompetent, Hagel.

No idiot. You do NOT gain a strategic advantage through "diversity". You gain a strategic advantage through UNITY, excellent training and esprit de corps. What the Left has done is completely destroy esprit de corps. Many soldiers are leaving when their time is up because they cannot stomach the social experimentation and political correctness. Nor can I blame them.
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