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The Navy SEAL’s are looking to add More Diversity to its ranks…

 

Well look at this….

The SEAL’s have come to see that white guys with steel eyes and crew cuts aren’t gonna be TOO hard to spot and ID as Special Operators in Africa or Asia…

I comment the Navy for getting on the ball and reaching out for MORE diversity in the Special Operations ranks…

It can only Help the units….

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The homepage of the SEALs’ recruiting website

In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem – they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they’re trying to do something about it.

It’s a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units – and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May – tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force.

Say the SEALs:

Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare.

The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of “minority males in the 16–24 year-old target age range” to become SEALs. “This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare’s ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities,” a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says.

The Navy isn’t seeking only black SEALs: “Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native American, and Arab American populations among others,” the announcement notes. “Given shifting demographics, these gaps in representation need to be corrected to ensure continued access. There are sustainment, societal, educational, and operational drawbacks to failing to correct this disparity.”

Ain’t that the truth. U.S. special operators have long acknowledged they face challenges mixing in with foreign populations because they look so American. The SEALs acknowledge as much: “Traditional SEAL Team demographics will not support some of the emerging mission elements that will be required,” it says.

Two pictures highlight the challenge:

On the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek are 10 SEALs. All of them appear to be Caucasian. That’s the reality.

But when you go to the SEALs’ recruiting website, there are only two SEALs. Both of them appear to be African-American.

That’s the desire…..

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From Politicaldog101.Com…

 

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February 27, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latino’s…Like all the other immigrants that have come here…WILL change this place AND their children become Us…

This piece is something I have pointed out here at the Dog consistently in the past….

It reminds us the just as the African’s (who where SHIPPED here in chains), Irish, Italians, Germans, Poles and other came here…

Set up in their own neighborhoods….

Spoke their own languages….

Ate their own foods…

Brought their own cultures….

Latinos’s will are doing the same…

But the 2nd, and 3rd generations of these people’s will become just American as Apple Pie and Baseball….

I would ask…

Why are we afraid of this?

I would remind everyone as the author does…

This same question and the anti-immigration feelings out there have been around for centuries in these United States of America…

This linked piece below focuses on Pennsylvania…

It sheds a spotlight on the growth in that state…

Indeed…

The regeneration that sprung up in the old rust belt of the NorthEast…..

We must embrace this…

For it IS what this country is…

And…

Has ALWAYS been…..

A place that takes the ‘tired and poor’…

A learns to growth and prosper with those that come here to provide this place with new blood…..

“Three generations,” declares James Smith, an immigration researcher at the RAND Corporation. “By the time you get to the third generation, you can’t distinguish between Americans and Hispanic immigrants. That’s how long it takes to look like an American.”

A bit of context proves useful here. In its 235-year history, the United States cycled through two distinct waves of immigration, and now stands in the midst of a third. The first, from 1840 to 1889, gave us things like Christmas trees and St. Patrick’s Day parades. The second wave, which my aunt belonged to, ran from roughly 1890 to the start of the First World War. During that time, a whopping 3.7 million Italians, most of them poor, Catholic, and otherwise undesirable, washed up in East Coast ports. Huddled masses of Austria-Hungarians, Russians, and Poles followed in comparable numbers.

Because the population of the U.S. was markedly smaller at that time, each second- and third-wave immigrant had a proportionally larger impact on mainstream culture than each immigrant does today. At the height of the second wave, there were 8.8 incoming immigrants for every 1,000 Americans. Now the rate looks more like 4.6 per every 1,000.

The sudden influx of foreigners startled settled Americans, says Garrett Epps, a professor of constitutional law who has studied historical immigration. In the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, Americans felt the same sense of suspicion toward Irish, German, and Italian immigrants that some feel toward Hispanics today. All three groups deviated from what Huntington identifies as the core “American creed,” the set of values that defined traditional American culture. Among them: Christian religious commitment, individualism, and the “duty to try to create a heaven on earth,” carried over by the pilgrims and their black-smocked ilk.

If those values sound foreign or antiquated to us now, we have first- and second-wave immigrants to thank. They drank beer, practiced other religions, and started their own schools and newspapers, often to the aggravation of their American-born neighbors. “Immigration was very much on people’s minds in the late 19th century,” Epps says. “All of the concerns about immigration that we have now were also present then.”

A century later, those concerns look unfounded. From generation to generation, early immigrants achieved higher standards of living, educational attainment, and English-language proficiency. They moved to the suburbs; their children went to college. But it’s not as if these people vanished, dissolving into a population that pre-existed them. After all, you can eat souvlaki, spaghetti, or sushi virtually anywhere in the country…..

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Ain’t it true?

EVERYONE  here

Came from someone

From 

Somewhere ELSE?

From Politicaldog101…..

August 27, 2011 Posted by | Other Things | , , , | Leave a comment