Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
At the core of Service Readiness is our most valuable asset - our people. As Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, I am fully committed to broadening the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our Submarine Force. Our strength resides in our people and the different perspectives, talents and abilities each individual brings to the organization. The desired end state is to recruit and retain a world-class workforce derived from the richness of American society and foster an inclusive work environment grounded in our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Our Submarine Force will respond to emerging threats in a fast paced, ever changing world requiring us to maximize the full potential of our diverse workforce. It is our duty to ensure that all members belong and are valued in solving the complex challenges that the Submarine Force faces. This is paramount to improving productivity, performance, innovation, job satisfaction, and achieving mission excellence.
Diverse representation without equity and inclusion degrades our readiness. Barriers to inclusion are the unconscious biases we carry without our awareness. As individuals, we will identify and mitigate our biases and work to build bridges that connect us to one another. As an organization, we will identify bias and barriers within the system, policies, and procedures and take action to mitigate them. Achieving and maintaining a culture of respect begins with understanding and exhibiting inclusive behaviors that are fair, open, cooperative, supportive, and empowering.
Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of high organizational performance and mission effectiveness. A diverse workforce stimulates innovation, new approaches, and fresh perspectives to solve complex organizational challenges. Our Service benefits greatly when we incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of our total workforce - Active Duty, Reserves, and Civilians. Diversity, equity and inclusion breeds new ideas, supports a stronger team, and fosters service readiness to allow us to thrive in our challenging maritime missions.
Join me in my personal commitment to make our workforce the service of choice for all Americans who seek to serve our nation.
J. T. JABLON
REAR ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY