United States Marine Corps’ Organizational Commitment to Diversity Essay

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Stacy McGowan United States Marine Corps’ Organizational Commitment to Diversity OLCU-425 Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organization Week 8 – Assignment: Final Project December 14, 2011 Abstract This paper explores the organizational commitment that the United States Marine Corps has towards diversity within their organization. The military is in a unique situation due to the fact that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do not extend to military members. It is therefore necessary to assess if the military, for this particular paper specifically the Marine Corps, personnel are treated fairly and respectfully. By examining Marine Corps websites and evaluating the accessibility of content related to diversity, by analyzing previous climate surveys and the current demographic breakdown of the Marine Corps, and by conducting research on the Marine Corps’ history concerning diversity issues I will be better able to determine the organizational commitment the United States Marine Corps has made towards diversity within its organization. United States Marine Corps’ Organizational Commitment to Diversity In an article titled, “Sex Scandals in the Gender-Integrated Military,” William O’Neill discusses several scandals that occurred within our military services. One of the most notorious scandals was the Tailhook scandal from 1991, where more than one hundred U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted numerous women (both civilians and fellow military aviators) during the 35th Annual Tailhook Association Symposium. According to O’Neill (1998): The Tailhook scandal led to three separate investigations, two by the Navy, which were completely botched, and a third and more sweeping one conducted by the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General (DOD-IG). It too was

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