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Army Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Programs

What is it? 
The Army’s Military Equal Opportunity (EO) and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) programs formulate, direct, and sustain a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and ensure fair treatment for all persons based solely on merit, fitness, and capability. These programs strive to eliminate incidents of discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, or national origin to provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination, offensive behavior, or sexual harassment. Commanders at all levels are responsible for sustaining a positive equal-opportunity climate within their units. The Army EO Program has two essential goals:

What has the Army done? 
The Army continues to address EO and POSH by focusing on command climate and prevention.  The Army’s EO and POSH policies are outlined in Chapters 6 and 7 and Appendixes D and E of AR 600-20, Army Command Policy; DA Pam 600-26, Department of the Army Affirmative Action Plan; and DA Pam 600-69, Unit Climate Profile Commander's Handbook.  Significant components of the Army EO and POSH Programs include the following:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? 
The Army will transform the EO and POSH program policies to infuse EO across the full spectrum of Army operations and to strategically focus the Human Relations Program within the Army. The Equal Opportunity Reporting System will be upgraded to provide automated reports, and the Army will implement the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute’s Organizational Climate Survey as the official climate survey for the Army.

Why is this important to the Army?
The significant and accelerating costs of personnel and related programs account for a significant percentage of the Department of the Army's total obligation authority. Therefore, Army human capital management needs to be proactive, agile, and cost-effective in recruiting, training, retaining, and employing our future force. The EO program is a vital part of sustaining personnel readiness by promoting an environment that supports recruitment and retention.