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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


​​UPDATED AS OF APRIL 3, 2023 ​​​

Shape Navy policy, strategy, and program execution, strengthening the Navy's diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture.  Utilize best practices, collaboration, and data-driven decisions, ensuring all Sailors have the opportunity to succeed and contribute to mission success.

Our Navy is committed to enabling a workforce demographic similar to that of the nation it serves. With nearly 50% of recruitable talent coming from diverse talent, the Navy must be deliberate to create a culture where every person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to succeed.

Navy focuses on DEI in three ways:
• For Diversity, Navy measures how individual communities compare to the Department of Labor comparable-civilian equivalent, officer and enlisted demographics along race, gender, and ethnic lines. This ensures there are no unintended barriers to entry, and helps focus Navy recruiting efforts to bring in the right available talent.
• For Equity, Navy looks at key billets, along with detailing, advancement/promotion statistics to ensure every Sailor has the same opportunity for professional growth and development. This enhances organizational loyalty, encouraging Sailors towards a Navy career because they can see themselves in senior Navy leaders, both officer and enlisted.
• For Inclusion, Navy uses a variety of surveys to assess whether not its workforce feels included and connected to mission and leaders at all levels. This reflects human psychology as it relates to teambuilding, where personnel who feel excluded and disconnected are more likely to both underperform and conduct destructive behaviors.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisors. Advises CNO, VCNO, CNP, TYCOMs, SYSCOMs and Community Leads on inclusion and diversity strategy and best practices.
Promote Inclusive Culture. Promotes a culture within the Navy that capitalizes upon inclusion and diversity through proactive assessment of Navy policies, strategies and program execution.
Develop and Implement Strategy. Ensures execution of Navy’s Inclusion and Diversity strategy with TYCOMs, SYSCOMs and Community Leaders.

​​​Additional Responsibilities
1. Evaluate policies to improve recruitment and retention of a highly-skilled workforce with diverse perspectives.
2. Coordinate with enterprises and communities to collect and verify data on the composition of their workforce compared to the Navy as a whole and, when available, their civilian equivalent.
3. Communicate current information regarding inclusion and diversity matters and programs. 
4. Maintain close liaison with the Department of the Navy, other Services, and external agencies on matters supporting the enhancement of inclusion and diversity within the Navy's culture.
5. Provide subject matter expertise to N1 on inclusion and diversity policy.

POC:  Navy Diversity Equity & Inclusion (OPNAV N174A): *new*
Naval Support Facility Arlington
Chief of Naval Personnel (OPNAV N17 DEI)
701 South Courthouse Road (Bldg. 12, Rm. 4R140)
Arlington, Virginia 22204

Training, Education & Tools

DEI 101 and  DEI 101 Facilitator Guide

Navy Practitioner Virtual Education Platform

Necessary Conversations Guides
Version 1 | October 2020
Version 2 | March 2022

DEOMI Training Templates

Observance Support Products

Surveys & Reports

Task Force One Navy (TF1N) Report

Military Demographic Reports
2021 | 2020 | 2019 
2018 | 2017

Personal and Professional Choices (P&PC) Survey [1]
2020 | 2018 | 2016 
2014 | 2012 | 2010



Equity vs. Equality

Navy Demographic Profiles (Active Duty)
2021 2020 | 2019  
2018 | 2017

DoD Demographic Profiles

Navy DEI in 2023

Directives, Drivers, & Guidance

OPNAVINST 5420.115A | Navy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy 

DoDI-1325.06 | Handling Protest, Extremist, and Criminal Gang Activities Among Members of the Armed Forces

Navplan Implementation Framework (NIF) S1, DEI Annual Plan

Inclusion and Diversity Drivers

Culture of Excellence Campaign Plan

U.S. Navy Inclusion and Diversity Goals and Objectives

DoD Strategic Plan
2022-2023 | 2012-2017

Note 1: The Biennial P&PC Survey was formerly named the Pregnancy and Parenthood (P&P) Survey

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