Monday, March 14, 2005

Lack of diversity in the Coast Guard's senior cutter ranks

I am observing the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Major Cutters, Commanding Officers Conference this morning. When I walked in, the Area Chief of Staff and two O-6 staffers were holding a Q&A session. I was struck by how white and male the room was. Thirty-five white men around the center table and 18 others around the edge of the room. Needless to say, the admiral and two captains in the front of the room were men, also. Two women in the room: one a cutter CO and one a facilitator. Not a single non-white in the room. What does this say about the cutter community and the Coast Guard?

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