About Equal Opportunity
The Equal Opportunity (EO) program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and to ensure fair treatment for all based solely on merit, fitness, and capability which all support readiness. EO is a responsibility of leadership and a function of command. This philosophy is based on fairness, justice, and equity. Commanders are responsible for sustaining a positive EO climate within their units.
Specifically, the goals of the EO program are to:
- Provide EO for military personnel, civilians, and family members both on and off post and within the limits of the laws of localities, states, and host nations.
- Create and sustain effective units by eliminating discriminatory behaviors or practices that undermine teamwork, mutual respect, loyalty, and shared sacrifice of the men and women of America's Army.
- Additionally, in many circumstances, DA civilians may use the Equal Employment Opportunity complaint system. Army Regulation (AR) 690-600 provides further guidance.
- Contribute to mission accomplishment, cohesion, and readiness.
Civilian employees of the Department of the Army (DA) may lodge complaints under this regulation that can result in an official investigation and possible disciplinary action against the Soldiers involved. They may also file discrimination complaints in accordance with AR 690-600: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Discrimination Complaints. However, civilian employees who engage in discriminatory actions are not subject to discipline under AR 690-20: Army Command Policy, but are subject to the separate procedures of AR 690-600.
The Equal Opportunity Office and Advisors:
- Understand and articulate Department of Defense (DoD), Army, and local command policies concerning Equal Opportunity (EO).
- Assist the commanders in implementing a Consideration of Others Program.
- Recognize and assess indicators of institutional and individual discrimination in organizations.
- Recognize sexual harassment in both overt and subtle forms.
- Recommend appropriate remedies to eliminate and prevent unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment.
- Continuously assess the command climate through formal surveys, interviews and accessibility to the unit.
- Collect, organize and interpret demographic data concerning all aspects of EO climate assessment.
- Assist commanders in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the EO program.
- Prepare input for the Quarterly Narrative Statistical Review (QNSR), which supports the Army's Military Equal Opportunity Assessment (MEOA).
- Train unit Equal Opportunity Representatives (EORs) and institutional training course\service school instructors to assist commanders\commandants in meeting EO responsibilities.
- Organize or assist with training sessions that pertain to EO, unlawful discrimination, prevention of sexual harassment and the Consideration of Others Program.
- Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of unit training conducted by commanders.
- Plan and help conduct executive seminars for senior leadership on EO action plans and affirmative action, EO, unlawful discrimination, the Consideration of Others Program and the prevention of sexual harassment.
- Receive and assist in processing individual complaints of unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment and conduct EO inquiries according to the commander's guidance.
- Provide advisory assistance to commanders and investigating officers in the investigation and resolution of unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment complaints.
- Review and comment on investigative reports of EO complaints for compliance with DOD and DA EO policy and objectives.
- Conduct follow-up assessments of all formal EO complaints.
- Assist in the planning and conduct of ethnic observances\special commemorations.
- Assist commanders in developing the EO policy for their unit.
- Maintain, where appropriate, informal liaison with community organizations fostering civil rights.
- Conduct staff assistance visits to subordinate units and other headquarters.
- Conduct or attend EO coordination training at least once quarterly at the installation level.
Our customers are:
- Military personnel and their family members.
- DoD civilian employees, both on and off post.