Managing Diversity in the Military: Research Perspectives from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

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Although diversity is a twentieth-century term, as the United States continues through the twenty-first century, the issue of diversity in society and in organizations is becoming more complex. Managing Diversity in the Military addresses current equal opportunity and diversity issues and explores how the military is attempting to resolve them.

The research presented reflects interests of scholars from various backgrounds who use different models, approaches, and methodologies, many of which are adapted from the study of civilian institutions. The work is divided into five sections “Contemporary Approaches to Managing Diversity,” “Diversifying Leadership: Equity in Evaluation and Promotion,” “Gender Integration and Sexual Harassment,” “Military Discipline and Race,” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” which proposes future research directions for equal opportunity and diversity management in the armed forces.

All of the areas explored in this accessibly written volume have counterparts in the civilian sector. The book offers insights, practical methodologies, and effective management guidelines for commanders, civilian-sector executives, and human resource practitioners responsible for equal opportunity programs and outcomes. This is now the standard social research tool in an area of profound practical concerns.

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“The US military has become remarkably diverse, mirroring social and cultural changes in society. Its continued effectiveness in the 21st century depends on accommodating this diversity. The basic theme in this collection of papers is the concern with implementing equal opportunity and effective diversity management in the armed forces… All collections/levels.” —G. B. Osborne, Choice
Twenty-four contributions from persons involved in the military and academia discuss diversity management and equal opportunity research in the United States military. The volume is aimed at equal opportunity practitioners, commanders, and students and covers a broad range of topics in detail. Some of the issues discussed include intercultural training, religious accommodation, alternative mentoring approaches, gender and racial equality in retention and promotion of officers, racial disparities in military incarceration rates, and sexual harassment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765800466
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 589
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mickey R. Dansby is the former director of research at Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Currently he is vice president at PRISM International, Inc., where he created a computer-based diversity measurement tool used by many Fortune 500 companies. He is an expert in diversity measurement, has presented at national conferences, and has been interviewed and quoted in national business journals.

James B. Stewart is professor emeritus of labor studies and employment relations at Pennsylvania State University and former Colonel Shirley J. Bach Professor at Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

Schuyler C. Webb is director of the Navy Life Assessment Group, and special assistant to the commander, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Commandant's Statement
Pt. 1 Contemporary Approaches to Managing Diversity
1 Intercultural Training in the United States Military 9
2 Contemporary Models of Racism: Theoretical Perspectives, Institutional Assessment, and Organizational Implications for an Equal Opportunity Climate 29
3 Three Levels of Diversity: An Examination of the Complex Relationship Between Diversity, Group Cohesiveness, Sexual Harassment, Group Performance, and Time 59
4 Religious Accommodiation in the Military 77
5 Personality and Leadership in Diverse DoD Workgroups and Teams 97
6 See No Evil, Hear No Evil: Senior Leaders' Social Comparisons, and the Low Salience of Racial Issues 133
7 Mentors, Mentor Substitutes, or Virtual Mentors: Alternative Mentoring Approaches for the Military 145
8 Opportunities for Assessing Military EO: A Researcher's Perspective on Identifying an Integrative Program-Evaluation Strategy 163
9 Local Effects and Global Impact of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Training 179
10 Perceptions of Small Group Diversity Training at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute 189
Pt. 2 Diversifying Leadership: Equity in Evaluation and Promotions
11 Looking for a Few Good Men: Predicting Patterns of Retention, Promotion, and Accession of Minority and Women Officers 231
12 Trends in Gender and Racial Equity in Retention and Promotion of Officers 257
13 Officer Fitness Report Ratings: Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Examine Potential Bias 265
14 "The Content of Our Character": Value Differences in the Narrative Comments of Navy Officer Fitness Reports 277
Pt. 3 Gender Integration and Sexual Harassment
15 Cultural Diversity and Gender Issues 299
16 Occupational Segregation: Comparing the Civilian and Military Workforce 331
17 Women Assigned to Army Combat Units: Perceptions of the Military Equal Opportunity Climate 351
18 Toward an Integrative Model of Sexual Harassment: An Examination of Power, Attitudes, Gender/Role Match, and Some Interactions 373
Pt. 4 Military Discipline and Race
19 Racial Disparities in Military Incarceration Rates: An Overview and Research Strategy 399
20 An Analysis of Discipline Rates Among Racial/Ethnic Groups in the U.S. Military, Fiscal Years 1987-1991 417
21 Race and the Administration of Non-Judicial Punishment in the U.S. Army 443
22 Differences Between Black and White Military Offenders: A Study of Socioeconomic, Familial, Personality, and Military Characteristics of Inmates at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth 465
Pt. 5 Where Do We Go From Here?
23 Women and Minorities in the Military: Charting a Course for Research 497
24 The Future of Intercultural Research: Application to the Military Setting 513
Contributors 541
Index 543
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