We’re in the middle of a war and this is their top priority?
Via PJ Media:
The nation’s top military brass gathered in the Pentagon auditorium Monday to pull out their pens and sign a ceremonial document vowing to “create an inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters mutual respect and cooperation among all persons.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey led the signing of the 2014 Human Goals Charter: “the cornerstone document governing the Defense Department’s fair treatment of people, as well as its diversity and equity programs.”
The document was updated this year to reflect the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against gays serving openly in the military.
“This ceremony, as has been noted, marks an important milestone in our efforts to ensure that the Department of Defense remains a place of progress, progress in opportunity for all people, military and civilian. Today, we reaffirm that our most important resource is our people,” Hagel said. “I know all the leaders in this room and all over the world share our belief that you take care of your people first, and to fulfill that commitment, we must ensure that every man and every woman in this department has the opportunity to succeed, excel and reach their full potential. That is the purpose of DOD’s Human Goals Charter.”
Printed on parchment-style paper, Hagel noted that “the values expressed in the charter are as old as America itself.”
The charter states that “our nation was founded on the principle that each individual has infinite dignity and worth,” and stresses that the Pentagon must recognize the “individual needs, aspirations, and capabilities” of its service members and civilian employees.