Army Regulation 600-20, Army Command Policy, dated 6 NOV 14: outlines the Army's policy on the treatment of persons, paragraph 4-19, and the Equal Opportunity Policy (specifically defines terms, and outlines procedures) paragraph 6-2. Link to the regulation is below, and a few excerpts that cover some of the main points:
Paragraph 4-19: The Army is a values-based organization where everyone is expected to do what is right by treating all persons as they should be treated – with dignity and respect. Hazing, bullying, and other behaviors that undermine dignity and respect are fundamentally in opposition to our values and are prohibited
Defines hazing as: Any conduct whereby a Servicemember or members regardless of service, rank, or position, and without proper authority, recklessly or intentionally causes a Servicemember to suffer or be exposed to any activity that is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful.
Defines bullying as: Bullying is any conduct whereby a Servicemember or members, regardless of service, rank, or position, intends to exclude or reject another Servicemember through cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful behavior, which results in diminishing the other Servicemember’s dignity, position, or status.
Paragraph 6-2: The U.S. Army will provide EO and fair treatment for military personnel and Family members without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior.
- Discrimination. Any action that unlawfully or unjustly results in unequal treatment of persons or groups based on race, color, gender, national origin, or religion.
- Disparaging terms. Terms used to degrade or connote negative statements pertaining to race, color, gender, national origin, or religion. Such terms may be expressed as verbal statements, printed material, visual material, signs, symbols, posters, or insignia. The use of these terms constitutes unlawful discrimination.
- Equal opportunity. The right of all persons to participate in, and benefit from, programs and activities (for example, career, employment, educational, social) for which they are qualified. These programs and activities will be free from social, personal, or institutional barriers that prevent people from rising to the highest level of responsibility possible. Persons will be evaluated on individual merit, fitness, and capability, regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or religion.
- Gender discrimination. The action taken by an individual to deprive a person of a right because of their gender. Such discrimination can occur overtly, covertly, intentionally, or unintentionally.
- Sexism. Attitudes and beliefs that one gender is superior to another.
Army Directive 2011-01, signed 23 FEB 11: outlines the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for the Regular Army, USAR, and ARNG.
- homosexual conduct will no longer be a basis for denial of entry into the Army or separation from the Army, and separation program designator codes for separations for homosexual conduct will be eliminated.
- Army activities will not request or collect individual data from recruits or Soldiers about sexual orientation except when it is an essential part of an investigation or other official action
* Enclosure 2 to this outlines specific changes to policy affected by this directive
Army Directive 2013-24, signed 23 NOV 14: Codifies the extension of benefits to same-sex spouses.
- retroactive to 26 JUN 13, the Army will recognize all marriages that are valid in the location the ceremony took place
- offers the option of an administrative absence for a couple who must travel more than 100 miles from a duty station to obtain a legal marriage
A few other notable points:
- OSD is actively working a Diversity & Inclusion Policy, but currently there is no published guidance.
- Regarding EO, the Army G1 is the proponent for the EEO program. Link to their website with publications is: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/EO/publications.asp
- For SHARP programs and policies: http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/Template-Policy.cfm?page=dod_positions.cfm