CNO: Mentoring key to officer diversityPhilip Ewing - Staff writer | Friday September 26, 2008
CNO: Mentoring key to officer diversity
By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
“The time for talk is over,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead told attendees at the National Naval Officers Association convention. “The only thing that matters now is action.”
Although Roughead said he thinks the Navy’s enlisted corps is reflective of
Roughead said he has been conducting “diversity reviews” of the Navy’s officer communities, which include talks with the admirals in charge of different areas of the service to examine their levels of diversity. The reviews are quasi-formal, Roughead said, and don’t involve personnel officials or formal documentation showing diversity breakdowns.
In a brief interview with Navy Times after his remarks to the conference, Roughead added that he was “loath to turn it into some kind of bureaucratic process.”
Diversity is relatively healthy among officers until they reach lieutenant commander, said Capt. Myles Esmele, an NNOA attendee who manages a personnel system for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. After O-4, retention for minority officers drops precipitously, he said, demonstrating the need for senior officials to guide their younger officers into jobs tha