Workplace and Gender Relations Survey

Thursday, December 9, 2021

What is it?

The Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Military Members (WGR) generates official prevalence estimates for sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the Active, Guard and Reserve components of the U.S. Army.

The gender relations survey also provides a wealth of other information regarding service member’s thoughts and experiences on these issues and on unit climate. The congressionally mandated WGR survey opened for participation at the DOD Office of People Analytics Survey Portal on Dec. 9, 2021

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Information gleaned from the WGR survey results will inform and allow for implementation of DoD/Army policies and Soldiers services, as done in the past:

  • Published Army Directive 2021-16 that directs colonel-level commanders to:
    1. Appoint investigating officers for reports of sexual harassment from outside of the complainant’s brigade
    2. Implement military protective orders within six hours of determining a need for a protective order
    3. Notify sexual assault survivors about the resolution of a sexual assault case within two business days of closure
  • Published Army Directive 2021-30 that allows the Army to provide SHARP services to all DA Civilians, appropriated and non-appropriated, regardless of duty location.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Department of the Army remains committed to preventing and responding to sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination within its ranks. Not only do these tear at the fabric of the Army, they impact the intangibles of readiness — unit cohesion, good order, discipline and trust.

The results of this survey will be briefed to Army leadership, Department of Defense leadership, members of Congress and released to the public in the summer of 2022.

Why is this important to the Army?

Protecting the integrity of the force is an essential element to maintaining readiness within the Army. The Army is committed to taking care of its Soldiers. Results of this survey will provide Army leaders with the needed insights to effectively prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination.

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Events

December 2021

Dec. 11: Army-Navy Game

Dec. 13: National Guard Birthday

Dec. 16 — Jan. 25: Battle of the Bulge

Focus Quote for the Day

“After 20 years of war, our top priority remains our people and we must address head-on the harmful behaviors that tear at the fabric of our force. … Results of this survey will be used to help improve policies and services for our Soldiers.”

Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army