NAVY INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY (CORRECTED COPY):
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 254/19 CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 051/20 NAVY INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY POLICY UPDATE.
REF C IS SECDEF MEMORANDUM ACTIONS FOR IMPROVING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
REF D IS 12-STAR MESSAGE PROMULGATION OF SIGNATURE BEHAVIORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY SAILOR
NAVY CORE VALUES, NAVY ETHOS, AND CORE ATTRIBUTES IN ACTION, VERSION 2.0//
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RMKS/1. I hope you have had the opportunity to view my second video, It Starts with Us, encouraging a
dialogue about race relations and inclusion within the Navy. We have been working to build a better
Navy through the Culture of Excellence approach announced in references (a) and (b). One very
important aspect of this approach is recognizing that we come from all walks of life, with different and
valuable experiences and perspectives. Our differences make our Navy, our connection to each other
and our families and communities even stronger.
2. Our efforts are taking us in the right direction, but clearly not enough has been done to face the
challenges of today. Three weeks ago, I asked you to listen. Now, I am strongly encouraging every Navy
leader uniform and civilian, active and reserve - to start a dialogue at each of your commands. As a
Navy, we must seize this opportunity to engage in conversations about race relations and inclusion
within our force. Now is the time to have open and honest conversations across our Navy. We need to
identify what is really happening, understand where barriers exist and listen to all perspectives on how
we can bring our unique skillsets together to tackle these issues. This is not the problem of one group of
people. This is our Navy, and we need a greater understanding of the experiences that make us One
Navy Team and build trust and connection in our teams.
3. In addition to these conversations at every command and at every level, we are standing up Task
Force (TF) One Navy reflecting the diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and ranks from across our
Navy to identify barriers and corrective actions to eliminate inequalities between groups of people. TF
One Navy will leverage outreach focus groups from both within and outside the Navy representing
diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and rank to ensure a diversity of experience and perspectives.
Additionally, in line with reference (c), the Secretary of Defense is setting up a Department of Defense
(DoD) Board on Diversity and Inclusion to address DoD-wide issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and
belonging within the DoD. While we have been committed to Inclusion and Diversity for many years,
current events shine a light on the need for us to do more and to do it more quickly.
4. At the command level, we need to:
a. Start a dialogue with your superiors, peers and teams and listen to their personal stories and
experiences. If we have not directly experienced racism, sexism, ageism, or other forms of
discrimination, it is often difficult to realize they exist.
However, they do exist in our Navy and country, and it is our responsibility to eliminate them.
b. Keep the conversation going. Practice inclusion every day by integrating Sailor and civilian
perspectives in early stages of problem-solving and idea generation. In each meeting you have and
problem you tackle, include all perspectives to gather varied points of view that will help you make the
c. Leverage your Command Resilience Team to understand what is happening in your command.
Look at your most recent command climate assessment with fresh eyes. Surveys may show you some of
the problem areas in your command that you can address in your conversations.
d. Advocate and model the leadership style that motivates people to speak up, be empathetic
listeners, stand up for each other, learn and grow. Ensure doors are open for conversations and
opportunities are available for professional development throughout the command.
e. Share lessons learned and best practices on leveraging diverse populations with your or your upper
echelons designated Inclusion and Diversity Representative.
f. Increase your knowledge and awareness of Inclusion and Diversity Heritage Celebrations and
Special Observances by supporting programs, exhibits, publications and participation in community
military and civilian sponsored events throughout the year.
5. I need every Sailor to:
a. Speak up and share your experiences about what you and your families are feeling, what you think
the major issues are and how you would fix it if you were in charge. Identify areas where there are
barriers to certain groups of people in the Navy feeling like they truly belong on the team. Have pride in
being an integral part of the greatest Navy in the world and have confidence that we will continue to
lead on issues that impact all of us.
b. Be an ally for those who do not feel like they can speak up.
Listen to and understand others lived experiences and recognize that your perspective is one of many
c. Live the Signature Behaviors 24/7/365 delineated in reference (d). These behaviors include:
(1) Treat every person with respect.
(2) Take responsibility for my actions.
(3) Hold others accountable for their actions.
(4) Intervene when necessary.
(5) Be a leader and encourage leadership in others.
(6) Grow personally and professionally every day.
(7) Embrace the diversity of ideas, experiences and backgrounds of individuals.
(8) Uphold the highest degree of integrity in professional and personal life.
(9) Exercise discipline in conduct and performance.
(10) Contribute to team success through actions and attitude.
6. As Sailors, and as a Navy, we cannot tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. We must listen to
each other, understand the perspectives of others and identify and eliminate individual and systemic
racism and discrimination within our force.
We must live the Signature Behaviors and the first step is having conversations with one another,
controlling what you and I can control and make recommendations to leadership on other changes to
help effect positive change.
7. The following resources are available to assist:
a. I&D goals and objectives available at
b. Commanders I&D toolkit: Commanders Toolkit is available under the Inclusions and Diversity tab
c. DEOMI Implicit Bias Training
d. DEOMI Assessment to Solutions (A2S) provides helpful information, videos, tools and resources
(presentations on implicit bias, inclusion and diversity at work, racist behaviors and prevention
strategies) at https://www.deocs.net.
e. The Signature Behaviors infographic is available at:
f. It Starts With Us video is available at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/757420/starts-with-us
8. Released by Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//