The United Kingdom government recently launched a new initiative to improve its diversity within the Defence department.  The new program entitled “Force for Inclusion” will look to provide an inclusive and representative environment within the policy, culture, and behavior of the Defence department.

According to the UK government, a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion will enable the department to

  • build stronger, more cohesive teams and improve decision making by harnessing the diversity of thought, skills and innovation that comes with a more inclusive workforce and enabling people to fulfil their potential;
  • create a more engaged and motivated workforce, which should increase retention, wellbeing and performance;
  • enable Defence to better access and recruit talented individuals from across the whole of society;
  • generate greater levels of cultural understanding amongst our people, which will aid overseas operations and ensure Defence remains fully engaged with the British society it services and protects.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stated that the goal is to better reflect the UK population in an effort to provide opportunities to all those who seek them.