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Army SHARP Learning Strategy

Monday, August 20, 2018

What is it?

The U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Learning Strategy outlines a comprehensive approach to build Army-wide knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and associated retaliatory behaviors.

This strategy provides the U.S. Army a way-ahead for developing and integrating SHARP-trained professionals in units, delivering Army-wide learning, and implementing the relevant Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Army (DA) policies and guidance. It describes the ways and means to impart SHARP knowledge, skills, and attributes for all Soldiers, leaders, and Army Civilians.

The SHARP Academy developed the SHARP Learning Strategy in coordination with the Army SHARP Program Office.

What has the Army done/is doing?

The Army established the SHARP Academy in 2014 at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It serves as the designated Training and Leader Development/Education proponent for Army-wide SHARP learning activities. The SHARP Academy’s efforts have included:

  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with other Army organizations, external agencies, and nationally recognized experts to refine and expand prevention-focused learning content, while maintaining content that enables effective response.
  • Leveraging engaging and innovative instructional methods and tools.
  • Training Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates, SHARP Trainers, and Program Managers through resident and distributed course instruction.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army will continue monitoring and evaluating SHARP learning activities, and make improvements to enhance program delivery and strengthen prevention efforts. A prevention-focused climate will mitigate the social norms that lead to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and associated retaliatory behaviors. It will align with the Army Ethic and Values, describe sexual violence as unacceptable, establish appropriate boundaries, and promote dignity and respect. The Army will continue to hold Soldiers and Army Civilians to the expectation that they live the Army Ethic and Values in everything they do, on and off duty.

Why is this important to the Army?

Readiness depends on Soldiers living the Army Ethic and Values, to make them trusted professionals of character, competence and commitment. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and associated retaliatory behaviors have a devastating impact on victims, undermine the Army Ethic and Values, and erode cohesion and mission readiness.


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####Focus Quote for the Day

We must approach [SHARP training] the right way. This is not a compliance issue we’re dealing with. In my mind, this is a readiness issue.

- Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper