Archive for March, 2010

EO and POSH

Equal Opportunity – Cadet Hale

The Army’s EO policy is pretty straightforward: To provide equal opportunity and treatment for soldiers and their families without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin and to provide an environment free of sexual harassment.

 This policy is in place to protect soldiers as well as protect the unity and cohesion necessary for the Army to accomplish what it needs to. If soldiers are being treated differently based on the factors mentioned in the policy, it will lead to conflict among those affected. It may also prevent the most deserving soldiers from advancing into higher positions, lowering the effectiveness of the Army as a whole.

 As officers, it will be our duty to make sure our soldiers understand and follow the EO policy. That includes setting the example with regards to EO, having EO training, and handling any issues that may come up in the best way possible. It is important to know the process of handling EO complaints, which is laid out in the book, because if these types of issues arise, you owe it to your soldiers to be able to handle them effectively so that you protect your soldiers and your unit cohesion.

 For future reference, the publication that covers the Army’s EO policy and complaint procedures is AR 600-20. It lays out detailed policies regarding EO that will be important to know when you’re an officer.

Prevention of Sexual Harrassment – Cadet Kinsey

            Sexual Harassment can be found in any work place.  The U.S. Army is one place where sexual harassment will not be tolerated and the offender will be prosecuted.  The book lists a few of the high ranking individuals prosecuted for this offense and one in particular was brought out of retirement to be prosecuted.  As an officer you could find yourself in a position that would be considered sexual harassment or you could be the person who has to file a complaint on the subject.

            The key to preventing sexual harassment is to know everything that is constituted as sexual harassment.  A good reference that I found to be helpful in explaining all scenarios and concepts of sexual harassment can be found at http://www.tradoc.army.mil/EEO/docs/POSH%20Overview.pdf.  On this website I found that one way of preventing sexual harassment would be to identify and stop meaningless

comments or sexual advances before they turn into acts of provoking sexual conduct.

            As an army officer it is our job to be professional at all times and if a situation is encountered where a soldier has a complaint about sexual harassment it should be handled as seriously and respectively as possible.

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