Members of the Global SOF Foundation community: we need your help.

We want to know what you think about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as it pertains to the U.S. special operations community. This is a call for papers, essays, presentations, or proposals that tell us your perspective on the six questions below.

We are interested in hearing from all military services, military occupational specialities, and demographic groups. Respondents may be service members, civilians, operators, enabler or support personnel, and members of adjacent communities such as industry and academia.

We welcome academic and anecdotal submissions focused on issues and solution sets peculiar to the special operations community and experience. All submissions will be treated as confidential and private and will not be published without explicit approval from the author. We will use your input to inform our efforts to provide better support to the U.S. SOF community, and to provide better insight to U.S. Special Operations Command and its components. Please ensure your submissions do not contain any classified or restricted information.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

1. Tell us in your own words what you think about the current state of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the U.S. special operations community.

2. Do you feel EDI is important to the U.S. special operations community? Tell us why. If you don’t think it’s important, tell us why. If your opinion falls anywhere on the spectrum, break it down for us.

3. What would a more inclusive U.S. special operations community look like to you? Explain why.

4. What challenges stand in the way of improving EDI in the U.S. special operations community? What advantages should be the focus when improving EDI in the U.S. special operations community? What disadvantages should be mitigated?

5. What EDI barriers and challenges do you see in U.S. SOF recruitment and retention?

6. How would you define and measure short, medium, and long term success on this issue?

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* 2. Please provide a brief biography of less than 150 words, to include your connection to the U.S. SOF community.

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* 3. Please upload your white paper here. PDF files preferred.

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