Friday, March 6, 2009

The Navy's poor public relations

So here we see a great example of why the Navy has serious trouble recruiting minorities and making the entire Navy - I'm talking about the enlisted and officer corps here - reflect the diversity of America.  The above photo is of the standard poster found in all NEX barber shops regarding grooming standards presented to remind sailors and officers of the standards when getting one's hair cut.  Cut off at the top are the two males, one officer and one enlisted.  Here the officer is clearly non-white while the sailor is likely white.  Now look at the ten females, five officers (1, 2, 4, 5, 6 numbered left to right top row then bottom row) and four enlisted (6 - 10).  Number 3's rank is indeterminable as she could be an officer or chief.  80% of the female officers appear to be white and 100% of the female enlisted appear to be minority.