Congressman Brown Celebrates Significant Progress on Diversity and Inclusion in 2021 NDAA
Washington, January 1, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04), Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and 30-year Army veteran, celebrated Congress’ override of President Donald Trump’s veto of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. The final bill is now law and represents one of the most significant steps forward in promoting and fostering diversity within the military.
Of the 41 most senior commanders in the military, only two are Black. A decade after the bipartisan Military Leadership Diversity Commission, many of those recommendations have yet to be implemented. Meanwhile, 43 percent of the 1.3 million men and women on active duty are people of color.
“Fostering diversity and inclusion within our military and across the broader defense community is critical to our national security. By tapping into the talents of all Americans and giving them opportunities to succeed, our military is stronger and our country is safer,” said Vice Chair Brown. “In this National Defense Authorization Act, we take one of the most significant steps forward for diversity and inclusion since integration in the 1950s. Our military must set an example for the country and lead, as it has done in the past. By overriding the president’s veto, we once again affirm our founding values.”
The final bill included the following provisions from Congressman Brown related to diversity and inclusion;