Photos Are Back with the Navy

2021 August 10
by bc3b

Much like United Airlines in its cockpit, the United States Navy is more interested in diversity than in qualified, competent leaders.

To eliminate discrimination, the Navy decided to remove photos from the materials provided to promotion review boards several years ago. To its chagrin, the Navy discovered that when decisions were made strictly on facts and promotions were made strictly on merit, fewer people of color received promotions. Well, the Navy can’t have that, so photos are back.

According to the chief of naval personnel, removing photos from promotion boards has hurt the Navy’s diversity goal.

“I think we should consider reinstating photos in selection boards,” Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr. said Tuesday at a panel discussion on diversity at the annual Sea Air Space conference at a convention center outside of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Nowell explained that promotion board data over the last five years was clear — “we can show you where, as you look at diversity, it went down with photos removed.”

The Navy has not released the data Nowell referenced.

Then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper barred the use of photos in promotion boards in July 2020 as part of a series of steps aimed at eliminating “discrimination, prejudice and bias in all ranks” to promote equal opportunity, morale and the readiness of the force.

At the time of the announcement, the Navy was already looking at making that change. The Army had removed photos a month earlier.

“We’re very clear with our language to boards that we want them to consider diversity across all areas,” Nowell said today. “I think having a clear picture just makes it easier.”

Brig. Gen. A.T. Williamson, director of the Manpower Plans and Policy Division for the Marine Corps, said the Marines are “really looking at reinstating the photos” as well.


Diversity data from the DoD shows that both the Navy and Marine Corps officer pools are struggling with diversity along gender and racial lines. Women make up 7.4% of Marine officers and 18.2% of Navy officers but those numbers have been increasing.

The problem is not unique to the maritime services. A Defense Department report on diversity in December 2020 noted that, across all branches, officers were less diverse than the eligible civilian population — with Blacks, Hispanics and Asians all being underrepresented.

“Notably, the officer corps is significantly less racially and ethnically diverse than the enlisted population,” the report said.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austing wrote in a March 4 memo to all DOD employees that “the Department will lead with our values, building diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of our work and in everything we do.”

Reminiscent of the Ft. Hood massacre, when then Army Chief of Staff George Casey was more concerned about the effect on diversity rather than the 14 that were murdered, the 40 that were wounded and their families.

Hat tip.

Vice Admiral John Nowell Jr. > United States Navy > BioDisplay

Admiral Nowell – look at those ribbons and keep in mind that, with the exception of its pilots, the Navy hasn’t been involved in a war in 76 years.

18 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 August 10 12:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Unfortunately Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley are operating under the impression that if we go to war against China or Russia, the US will win by demonstrating that our military is more diverse than the enemy’s. I don’t think it works that way.

    Any day Mark Milley appears on TV (and makes a fool of himself) results in a good night’s sleep for Chinese and Russian generals and admirals.

  2. 2021 August 10 12:53 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Stock up on chicken … and probably lots of other things.
    Tyson Foods CEO Says Costs Rising Faster Than It Can Hike Prices
    “King must have had a mental lapse during the earnings call because the word “transitory” was not part of the conversation.” (Heh)

    “Everything from fuel to labor to raw materials (corn and soybeans) to shipping to other inputs critical for livestock farming has exponentially risen over the last year.

    None of this should be a surprise as we’ve referenced two BofA reports that suggested “transitory” hyperinflation is not just ahead but has arrived.

    In May, BofA said, “Buckle up! Inflation is here,” and showed a chart of the number of mentions of “inflation” during earnings calls which exploded, more than tripling YoY per company so far, and the most significant jump in history since BofA started keeping records in 2004.”

    Click on the link to view the chart, pretty stunning.

  3. 2021 August 10 12:55 pm
    JimNorCal permalink


    A special WuFlu “passport” for members of the elites.

  4. 2021 August 10 1:38 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    I love this story, btw.
    “They” are SO SURE of the racism that they think removing photos will help. When the desired outcome is not achieved, in fact the number regress, do they learn anything?

    No. They have a desired outcome and little things like facts, math or the laws of physics are not allowed to get the way.

    We see this in the military.
    And in the schools.
    Global warming.
    Policies for the homeless.
    Anything that the woke-scolds touch.

  5. 2021 August 10 3:47 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    GenZ influencers are trying to break down red-state resistance to The Stab.
    Personally, I’m sickened … but see for yourself.

  6. 2021 August 10 5:25 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    bc3b – you may appreciate this. My brother related to me years ago that one of his superior in the navy asked why he did not have a full display of his ribbons on his uniform. He said he only had to display the first two or three ranking of ribbons. He related to me that his bottom ribbons were higher than this guys top line.

  7. 2021 August 10 6:23 pm



  8. 2021 August 11 1:09 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    the ESG coin and ethereum challenger Cardano pumps another 20% overnight.

    EOS which is another ESG coin backed by Peter thiel up 6%

    I think the major trends to watch out for are ESG, social coins, possibly DOA coins and privacy coins including cross network coins. Ethereum is still #1 along with bitcoin but I can’t be myopic to the enviros who want to ban everything and turn things into communism.

  9. 2021 August 11 3:02 am

    7 – But will they be?

  10. 2021 August 11 4:21 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Biden demands OPEC do more to cut carbon costs for the world.

    I’m guessing he knows the CPI print in advance and he is upset about it right while he’s proposing a new 5 trillion dollars of wasteful spending for his donors?

  11. 2021 August 11 4:37 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Biden sent the national security advisor and the national economic advisor out to blame others for what’s happening with crude prices.

    All early in the morning right before the new CPI print. Old Joe must not be happy.

  12. 2021 August 11 4:41 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Not only that he doesn’t want the marginal barrel of oil produced in the USA in Alaska or Texas or with shale rather he wants Saudi Arabia to support and supply the marginal barrel because we don’t want the marginal barrel produced within the USA. If it’s produced here it will upset the radical enviros rather Biden sent out national security advisor and the national economic advisor to demand that OPEC does it for him.

    This administration is corrupt and inept.

  13. 2021 August 11 4:59 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    8, Matic, ETH and BTC all strengthening

  14. 2021 August 11 5:15 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    the alts are pumping whenever the two majors stabilize. matic was up 20% this morning last I looked. Same with cardano etc.

  15. 2021 August 11 6:20 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Actually the CPI print doesn’t look that bad. No idea why the Biden administration was panicking this AM.

    Maybe they are just trying to calm Manchin and Sinema or whatever.

  16. 2021 August 11 6:24 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    I like this Demetri Kofinas hidden forces concept of financial nihilism as a new era for all American investors and retirees.

    Zombie companies, companies like AMC going to the moon instead of bankruptcy because they are backstopped, manipulated gold markets, questionably cryptocurrencies as well etc.

  17. 2021 August 11 7:48 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Shouldn’t a couple altcoins go down due to this?

    Hackers Steal Over $600M; Biggest in DeFi History
    Interoperability protocol Poly Network has been hacked with more than $600 million stolen in the largest decentralized finance security breach in history. The market remains stable, despite the news.
    Hackers exploited Poly Network on DeFi exchanges Polygon, Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain
    The hackers exploited Poly Network on DeFi exchanges Polygon, Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain. Assets stolen include $253 million in tokens on Binance Smart Chain, $266 million in Ethereum tokens, and $85 million in USDC on the Polygon network, at time of publication.
    Poly Network is a cross-chain protocol for swapping tokens across various blockchains.

  18. 2021 August 11 8:01 am
    bc3b permalink

    Mother of brothers who killed Chicago policewomen arrested at hospital after kicking cop in the balls:

    Looking at the brothers, I would guess they had different fathers (even though they are only one year apart).

    The mom is Hispanic; Eric, 22, looks Hispanic. Emonte, 21 and the shooter, appears to have black blood. They really don’t look like brothers.

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