The National Training Center & Fort Irwin Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) Office assists commanders in their efforts to formulate and sustain a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and to ensure fair treatment of all persons based solely on merit, performance, and potential in support of readiness.
Through the cooperative efforts of unit commanders and the EO Advisors, the goal of the EO Program is to create and sustain effective units by eliminating discriminatory behaviors or practices that undermine teamwork, mutual respect, loyalty, and shared sacrifice of the military members and their Family members assigned to this installation.
Command climate assessments help commanders establish and maintain a positive command climate, which, in turn, helps sustain a Ready and Resilient Force. Command climate assessments are particularly important as we continue to work to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, sex (including gender identity), religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. Commanders will use the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Organizational Climate Survey (DEOCS) for the survey component of their command climate assessments.
All Active Army commanders will conduct an initial command climate assessment within 60 days of assuming command, to be followed by a subsequent assessment annually thereafter while retaining command. Within 30 days of completing the command climate assessment, the requesting commander will brief the next higher level commander on the results of his/her command climate assessment and their Commander’s Action Plan to address concerns raised within the assessment. Additionally, within 30 days all commanders will brief their subordinates on the results and his/her command climate assessment and their Commander’s Action Plan to address concerns raised within the assessment.
NTC & Fort Irwin Military Equal Opportunity(MEO) Ethnic Observances
The EO special/ethnic observances, events, and activities are designed to enhance cross-cultural and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony, pride, teamwork, and esprit de corps among military members, their families, and the civilian work force. These observances are conducted to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding. The focus of a special observance should be on encouraging interaction, not just recognition.