The DoD maintains and enhances force readiness and develops capabilities to protect America when it fully embraces a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and thought. – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin II
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Ramos-Ocasio, left, and Army Col. Paul Dahlen, command team for the 191st Regional Support Group, out of the Puerto Rico National Guard, furl the group colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at the 33rd Airlift Base in Powidz, Poland, July 1, 2022.
Air Force pilots review a flight plan before a refueling mission as part of Southern Beach at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Southern Beach is an exercise that enhances interoperability between U.S. forces and host nations.
 
OVERVIEW

The Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI) is composed of prominent civilian leaders appointed by the Secretary of Defense to provide independent advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to improve the racial/ethnic diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in the Armed Forces of the United States.

DACODAI gathers information from multiple sources, to include briefings and written responses from Defense Department, Service-level military representatives, and subject matter experts. In addition, the Committee collects qualitative data from focus groups and interactions with Service members during installation visits. To evenly distribute the research, the Committee is structured into three subcommittees: (1) Racial/Ethnic Diversity; (2) Racial/Ethnic Inclusion and (3) Racial/Ethnic Equal Opportunity and Treatment. Based upon the data collected and analyzed, the Committee submits recommendations and continuing concerns to the Secretary of Defense.