Diversity & Inclusion

The U.S. military should strive for the diversity that reflects the demographics of the nation writ large. To meet recruiting targets, the services draw from a demographically diverse pool of U.S. youth.

Policies and programs that support diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in the military can enhance the services’ ability to attract, recruit, and retain top talent.

Blue Star Families supports policies that would celebrate the diversity of our Armed Forces and ensure that all service members and military families feel a sense of belonging to their military communities.

Recommendations

  • Foster an inclusive military culture that honors, values, and respects diversity
  • Amend to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include non-discrimination protections on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation
  • Review and correct the records of service members discharged due to their sexual orientation
  • Ensure that LGBTQ+ service members have access to equitable, gender-affirming, and culturally-competent health care
  • Establish a special prosecutors office within the DoD that is independent from the chain of command
  • Protect veterans and military family members from deportation and review the cases of individuals who have been deported for possible return to the United States
  • Protect critical programs like Parole in Place and Deferred Action for undocumented family members of service members
  • Restart the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, which recruited non-citizens with specialized skills or language abilities, paired with appropriate security and counterintelligence protections
  • Make it easier for noncitizens who serve honorably in the military and their families to naturalize and become citizens