S. 3181 (112th): A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require a plan to ensure the military ...

...leadership of the Armed Forces reflects the diversity of the population of the United States, and for other purposes.

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 15, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3181

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 15, 2012

(for herself and Mr. Cardin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require a plan to ensure the military leadership of the Armed Forces reflects the diversity of the population of the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Diversity in military leadership and related reporting requirements

(a)

Plan To achieve military leadership reflecting diversity of United States population

(1)

In general

Chapter 37 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

656.

Diversity in military leadership: plan

(a)

Plan

The Secretary of Defense shall develop and implement a plan to accurately measure the efforts of the Department of Defense to achieve a dynamic, sustainable level of members of the armed forces (including reserve components) that, among both commissioned officers and senior enlisted personnel of each armed force, will reflect the diverse population of the United States eligible to serve in the armed forces, including gender specific, racial, and ethnic populations. The Secretary shall continue to account for diversified language and cultural skills among the total force of the military to plan for current and future national security needs.

(b)

Metrics To measure progress in developing and implementing plan

In developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall develop a standard set of metrics and collection procedures that are uniform across the armed forces. The metrics required by this subsection shall be designed—

(1)

to accurately capture the inclusion and capability aspects of the armed forces broader diversity plans, including race, ethnic, and gender specific groups, functional expertise, and diversified cultural and language skills so as to leverage and improve readiness; and

(2)

to be verifiable and systematically linked to strategic plans that will drive improvements.

(c)

Definition of diversity

In developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall develop a uniform definition of diversity.

(d)

Consultation

Not less than annually, the Secretary of Defense shall meet with the Secretaries of the military departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and senior enlisted members of the armed forces to discuss the progress being made toward developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a).

(e)

Cooperation with States

The Secretary of Defense shall coordinate with the National Guard Bureau and the States in tracking the progress of the National Guard toward developing and implementing the plan under subsection (a).

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 37 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

656. Diversity in military leadership: plan.

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(b)

Inclusion in DoD manpower requirements

Section 115a(c) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(4)

The progress made in implementing the plan required by section 656 of this title to accurately measure the efforts of the Department to reflect the diverse population of the United States eligible to serve in the armed forces.

(5)

The number of members of the armed forces, including reserve components, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(6)

The number of members of the armed forces, including reserve components, who were promoted during the year covered by the report, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(7)

The number of members of the armed forces, including reserve components, who reenlisted or otherwise extended the commitment to military service during the year covered by the report, listed by sex and race or ethnicity for each grade under each military department.

(8)

The available pool of qualified candidates for the general officer grades of general and lieutenant general and the flag officer grades of admiral and vice admiral.

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