Skip to content

Pentagon: We Need More DEI Employees to Calculate DEI Costs

The Pentagon is a warfighting organization, not a social experiment lab. Yet, the DoD reportedly spends over $100 million a year on DEI initiatives.

It seems the Pentagon has run into a bit of a snag—allegedly because it doesn’t have enough diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) personnel to compile a simple report required by Congress. This report was supposed to detail the military’s spending on diversity training and the salaries for DEI administrators, not to mention its impact on recruiting and retention. But here we are, nearly two months past the March 1 deadline set by last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Pentagon is citing a shortage of DEI manpower as the reason for the delay.

Let’s be clear: the Pentagon is a warfighting organization, not a social experiment lab. Yet, the DoD reportedly spends over a hundred million dollars a year on DEI initiatives. With the 2024 NDAA putting a cap on the annual salaries for DEI administrators at $70,000 and prohibiting new hires in these roles until an audit is completed, it seems the Pentagon’s DEI offices are feeling the pinch. 

And it’s about time. These DEI programs have not only been a colossal drain on our defense budget but they also divert critical resources and attention from our primary military objectives—national defense and combat readiness. The fact that the Pentagon can quickly quantify the cost and manpower used for an extremism stand-down but drags its feet when asked to account for DEI spending is telling.

It’s ludicrous to think that with all its resources, the Pentagon can’t produce a report on its DEI activities because it supposedly lacks the staff. What this really highlights is the inefficiency and possibly the obfuscation within our defense bureaucracy, shielding what is likely a wasteful and divisive agenda. House Republicans have rightly targeted this bloated DEI bureaucracy, aiming to refocus the Department of Defense on its true mission: ensuring our military is capable, lethal, and prepared to face real-world threats, not pushing far-left political priorities that weaken our forces from within.

As Americans, we must remain vigilant and demand accountability from our institutions, especially when they are tasked with our national security. The public deserves transparency on how every dollar is spent within the Pentagon, ensuring funds are used to strengthen, not undermine, our military readiness. This debacle is a stark reminder that misplaced priorities can indeed compromise the integrity and effectiveness of our armed services.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.