Recent decisions by the U.S. Naval Academy have shown that we are off course when it comes to diversity.
In June 2009, Professor Bruce Fleming shed light on the Academy's diversity application process. Fleming is (or at least was) a longtime member of the Academy's admissions board. His description of a "two-track" admissions system—one for whites and one for non-whites—is now well documented and closely followed. Two posts on the Naval Institute blog garnered a combined 201 reader comments, far higher than most topics.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead and Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler were quoted as saying "diversity is [the] number one priority" at the Academy. The number one priority should be nothing short of academic excellence and focused leadership to prepare young Americans to lead Sailors in combat. Considering the (unwritten) two-track admissions policy and the attention paid to recent diversity statistics, it appears the Navy has lost sight of the Academy's purpose and the true role of diversity.