Reason: In a closely watched case, a federal court struck down the U.S. Army's officer promotion process on the grounds it discriminates against white men. The policy notes past discrimination against women and minorities when considering officer promotions.
Because promotion boards aren't also required to consider whether there has been past bias against white men, a district court ruled that "this undeniably establishes a preference in favor of one race or gender over another, and therefore is unconstitutional."
The case involved a lawsuit brought by a lieutenant colonel who charged that the Army's policy twice denied him advancement to colonel. (Saunders v. White, Secy. of the Army, No. 99-2807, U.S. D.C., 2002)
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