What value did the photo add for a selection board? If you were overweight you should have been flagged and ineligible for promotion. Does being able to set up your uniform correctly make you qualified for promotion? What if you wore badges you weren't authorized to wear? Frankly there is little or no value added. It seems more likely to be the source of implicit bias. I sat on one selection board - it was accessions so the candidates weren't in uniform. The photo added NOTHING to the discussion. If the person has a good record that is what you needed to know - "potential for increased responsibility" is the main criteria. I honestly cannot say that the photo made any positive or negative impressions on me - but the possibility of implicit bias is strong. Take a look at the Harvard site on implicit bias and take one of their tests for yourself - it will open your eyes.
By having a photo in your packet the board members could be racist if they knew you. So, IMHO, maybe it is a good idea. The word, racist, is too strong. I should say, discriminatory or biased. I was under the impression the photo removal was only for officers and would start Aug 1.
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