Assessment Tools

Commanders above company level can direct that any of the following surveys be made across subordinate units or in specific units where leadership and human-relations information is needed:


Staff Assistance Visit (SAV)

The Staff Assistance Visit is designed to measure the overall effectiveness of the commanders EO programs and climate. Units are assessed in accordance with Department of the Army (DA), TRADOC, and local EO regulations and program objectives. The primary areas of focus are:

  • Program administration
  • Program design
  • Training and EO forms

This checklist will serve as a guideline for SAV, but is not all inclusive. The results of the SAV are intended primarily for the unit command group. However, they are forwarded through the installation EO office, CSM, and Chief of Staff to the CG.

Units will only receive a rating of "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" on SAVs. If a rating of unsatisfactory is received, the unit will have 30 days to reply with the corrective action(s) taken.


Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey (DEOCS)

Proponent: Human Resources Division, ODCSPER, HQDA, DSN 227-2935

The Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey is a mandatory survey conducted and maintained by the company level unit commander within 30 days of assuming command, 6 months later, 12 months later and annually thereafter.

The DEOCS is a commander’s management tool that allows them to proactively assess critical organizational climate dimensions that can impact the organization’s mission. This voluntary survey is designed to assess the “shared perceptions” of respondents about formal or informal policies and practices. The survey assesses 23 climate factors by posing questions that survey takers respond to using a four-point scale. The questionnaire focuses on four primary areas: Military Equal Opportunity (EO), Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Organizational Effectiveness (OE), Perceptions of Discrimination/Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR). The DEOCS is using the online version only.



Unit Risk Inventory (URI)

Proponent: Human Resources Division, ODCSPER, HQDA, DSN 761-5577

The Unit Risk Inventory (URI) assesses the risk to a unit's human relation's readiness by surveying the individual Soldiers in the unit as to their participation in high-risk behaviors. The URI, which is designed for use at the company level, is an anonymous, 55-question, paper-and-pencil assessment tool that takes no more than 30 minutes to administer. In order to promote honest responses from Soldiers and to eliminate the fear of identification, Soldier-specific questions are not asked. In order to protect the integrity of the survey program and to prevent commanders from drawing incorrect conclusions (good or bad) about their units based on a small number of respondents, the survey can only be administered if a minimum of 50 percent of the unit's assigned officer/enlisted strength participates. Part one of the URI (the first 10 questions) uses the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) developed by the World Health Organization in 1989 to determine whether the respondent is, potentially, a problem drinker. Part Two (the remaining 45 questions) asks about alcohol and other drug use, command environment, self-perceptions, personal relationships, sexual practices, suicide, violence, spouse and child abuse, other crimes, and financial problems.