Workplace diversity entails a scenario where the workforce of a particular organization is composed of people from various backgrounds, different human qualities, and various cultural groups. In the American military for instance, diversity can be used to mean differences in age, gender, race, or even physical ability. In an organization like this, the climate that is created in relation to diversity varies of the composition that makes it a functional unit for the government. Dimensions that make up the diversity in the military can be categorized as primary or secondary. This mode of categorization creates a certain climate within the military set up thereby making various individuals to experience differently within their working environment. Primary dimensions are the inborn characteristics of an individual like age, gender, and race among others, and they have an impact in someone’s life as they execute their military duties. Secondary dimensions are the acquired characteristics and have varied effects on an individual and how they are treated within the working environment (Soeters & Meule 25).
Within the military setup, various individuals have shown various experiences as a result of the diversity that exists. A veteran from the Iraq or Vietnam War for instance may be treated differently by their fellows because of the effects that the war has had in their lives. A woman for instance who may have survived in the war may be treated with high respect same to their male counterparts because their experience was not an easy on at all. Military employees living in public housing projects will obviously be perceived differently from those who live in other affluent parts of the town or state (Daft 77). It is therefore apparently clear that the diversity climate within the military is influence by organizational policies that provide equal opportunities for employment, accessing resources within the organization. Additionally, it has been observed that perceptions of diverse military climate are affected by things like the level of an individual in the organizational hierarchy, gender and ethnic background. One experience of a military employee shows that women and minorities are more supportive than the whites and their male counterparts.