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Current & Future

America's Navy starts in our own neighborhoods, with our people, our opportunities for growth and success, and our culture. We recognize that diversity offers an exceptional way for the Navy to strengthen itself, and we support and encourage it in our ranks at every level, including senior leadership.

America's Navy starts in our own neighborhoods, with our people, our opportunities for growth and success, and our culture. We recognize that diversity offers an exceptional way for the Navy to strengthen itself, and we support and encourage it in our ranks at every level, including senior leadership.

Check out our Major Diversity Initiatives
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A mission to broaden our outreach

Our mission is to continue to increase collaboration, broaden our community outreach and strengthen our internal support infrastructure, now and in the future. One way we enable this is through our Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Program, which is designed to ensure that merit, ability, performance and potential are what lead to promotions.

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Historic increases in minority admissions

We also have recently built connections that resulted in historic increases in minority admissions at the Naval Academy and in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program. In fact, the 2013 Naval Academy class was the most diverse ever, reaching 35% minority representation. The 2013 NROTC class also reached a record high enrollment at 31%.

Expanding our multicultural partnerships

We’ve increased our mentoring and professional growth programs, and partnered with the following multicultural preprofessional affinity groups:

  • The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)
  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Federal Asian/Pacific American Council (FAPAC), just to name a few

We’ve also ramped up our involvement with STEM Education Coalition (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and MANA, the Mexican American National Association (a leadership development organization for young Hispanic women).

Welcoming those who hear the call to serve

America’s Navy is committed to making sure everyone who hears the call is welcomed into a family they will proudly call their own for the rest of their lives – a family that exists like no other on land, at sea or in the air.