Pentagon Issues Statement on DEI Spending

Pentagon Issues Statement on DEI Spending

( – The Pentagon was required by Congress to provide a report regarding the dollar amount spent by the military on training in diversity. Congress set a deadline of March 1 for the report, but the Pentagon delayed it due to a shortage of personnel for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) positions.

The report also required the inclusion of the impact on the military’s recruitment and retaining of troops and all the wages paid for administrators of DEI. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year incorporated this report requirement. Because the same NDAA that required the report also significantly reduced the wages for the DEI employees, it dramatically reduced the number of employees.

The NDAA for 2024 limited the annual wages for DEI administrators to $70,000. The military officials working in DEI would have to either accept the pay cut or seek employment elsewhere. Senator Eric Schmidt (R-MO) received this information from the Pentagon’s personnel office. The NDAA also forbade the Pentagon from seeking additional employees for roles that were DEI-focused until Congress was given data on the programming and offices of the Department of Defense (DOD).

Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) who chairs the subcommittee of the House Armed Services Military Personnel, spoke of the Pentagon’s response to their delay in providing the report as a way to cover up President Biden’s attempt to change the military into a political club.

A spokesperson for the Pentagon claimed that they are in the process of completing the report and will release it as soon as it is finished. No other details were provided.

Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, approved the effort of the House to reestablish the focus of the military on their original duties.

The Pentagon’s liaison with the DOD announced that they do not yet have a completion date for the report.

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