15 July, 2009

Army Problem-solving

A companion to the Marine post awhile back... This time the challenge is how to deal with "diversity":

I’m career military, and I got a survey form that I had to fill out noting the race and gender of the soldiers under my command. My NCO and I both thought it was ridiculous, so we put “Army Green” for everyone’s race and “Soldier” for everyone’s gender. My commander passed it up [the chain of command] without comment. We got an irate call from the EO [equal opportunity] officer demanding that we fill out the form correctly. I just shrugged and told her that I’d put down exactly what I saw, but she was free to categorize my soldiers as she saw fit. The issue was dropped.

Yup. More good, clear, military thinking. ;)