Equal Opportunity


MISSION

To promote equal opportunity and fair treatment for all Soldiers, their family members and civilian employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior. All USASMDC/ARSTRAT personnel are obligated to promote fair treatment based on merit, fitness, capability and potential. Discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated.


LOCATION

Building 5220, Martin Road, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 35807

EO Program Manager: (256) 955-9993


PURPOSE

Purpose. The Equal Opportunity (EO) Program formulates, directs, and sustains a Comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and to ensure fair treatment for all persons Based solely on merit, fitness, and capability in support of readiness.

Specifically, the goals of the EO program are to-

  • Provide EO for military personnel 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.

EO Philosophy. EO philosophy is based on fairness, justice, and equity. Commanders are responsible for sustaining a positive EO climate within their units.

EO Policy. The U.S. Army will provide EO and fair treatment for military personnel and family members without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior. This policy-

  • Applies both on and off post, during duty and non-duty hours.
  • Applies to working, living, and recreational environments (including both on and off-post housing).

Ethnic Observance. EO/special ethnic observances are conducted to enhance cross-cultural awareness among all Soldiers, Civilian employees, and their families. These Observances recognize the achievements and contributions made by members of specific racial, ethnic, gender groups in our society. The observances should promote understanding, teamwork, harmony, pride, and spirit among all groups not just within the specific group being honored.

Listed below are the scheduled observances  


Army Diversity Strength

Seeing Beyond the Surface (Discovering How Diversity Makes Us Strong) (VIDEO)


Department of Defense Human Goals

http://www.armyg1.army.mil/eo/docs/DoD-HumanGoals_4-28-14.pdf

TYPES OF COMPLAINTS

Diversity poster


STAFF ASSISTED VISITS

Staff Assisted Visits: The Staff Assistance Visit (SAV) is one part of the commander's Organizational Inspection Program. Staff assistance visits are not inspections but are teaching and training opportunities that support staff inspections. The purpose of the SAV is to assist, teach, and train subordinate staff sections on how to meet the standards required to operate effectively within a particular functional area. SAVs assist Equal Opportunity Advisers in monitoring the command climate and addressing issues related to EO.

Staff Assistance Visits - Purpose:

  1. Are not inspections but are teaching and training opportunities that support staff inspections.
  2. Used to assist, teach, and train subordinate staff sections on how to meet the standards required to operate effectively within a particular functional area.
  3. Assist staff sections in preparing for upcoming inspections or train staff sections on new concepts, technologies, or operating techniques.
  4. SAVs do not produce formal reports but instead provide feedback only to the staff section receiving the assistance.

Conducting a SAV of your unit will allow you to see where the program stands and what areas you may need to focus on. Training subordinate staff sections on the proper method for conducting training, posting policy letters, or handling complaints will go a long way in making your job easier.


Army Regulations/TC

  • AR 600-20, Army Command Policy
  • TC 26-6 Commander’s EO Handbook
  • AR 600-13
  • NGR 600-21: Equal Opportunity Program in the Army National Guard
  • NGR 600-22: National Guard Military Discrimination Compliant System

Army Directive

  • Army Directive 2018-07-9 (Prioritizing Efforts-Readiness and Lethality (Update 9)) Army Directive 2013-29 (Army Command Climate Assessments)
  • Army Directive 2018-19 Religious Accommodations

ALARACTS

  • DA 600-26 Department of the Army Affirmative Action Plan
  • ALARACT 002/2019 - Approval, disapproval, and elevation of requests for religious accommodation waivers.

Department of Defense Directive

  • DoDD 1350.2 8/18/1995 Department of Defense Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) Program CH 2 6/8/2015   

SMDC-EO POLICIES