Welcome to Fort Carson Equal Opportunity (EO)
Mission: Advise, train and educate Command Teams, Soldiers and Family members to understand, use and execute the Army equal opportunity program in order to sustain and/or improve leadership and unit cohesion that maximizes human potential and ensures fair treatment for all persons based on merit, fitness, and capability in support of unit readiness.
4th Infantry Division
Equal Opportunity Office
1853 Oconnell Street
BLDG 1042, 3rd Floor
Fort Carson, CO 80913
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Equal Opportunity Office: The U.S. Army will provide Equal Opportunity 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.
SHARP Office: Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders. Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
EEO Office: Provide quality EEO programs, services, training, and advice to the Fort Carson community that sustains a discrimination-free workplace.
Inspector General (IG) Office: Inspector General serves as an extension of the Commanding General by providing an independent and impartial assessment of the morale, welfare, and discipline of the Command and reports on other matters that impact upon the economy and or efficiency of the Command.
|If you are...||And you believe...||You should contact...|
|A military service member or a dependant family member.||You were treated unfairly based on your race, color, gender religion or national origin.||Your unit's EO leader or EO advisor (not confidential)|
|You were sexually assualted||Your unit's SHARP specialist. 24/7 SHARP helpline: 719.338.9654 (confidentiality and privelage)|
|You were sexually harrassed||Your unit's SHARP specialist (Limited confidentiality)|
|A DA/DOD employee, former employee, or applicant for federal employment.||You were treated unfairly based on your race, color, religion, national origin, sex (includes sexual harassment), age (40 and up), disability (physical and mental), reprisal, or genetics.||The Fort Carson EEO Office (not confidential)|
|A US citizen||You have a concern that pertains to an activity of the US Government, specifically the US Army and/or its members||The Fort Carson IG Office (limited confidentiality)|
|04-18||02-11 APR 2018||BLDG 1042|
|05-18||04-13 JUN 2018||BLDG 1042|
|06-18||20-29 AUG 2018||BLDG 1042|
|Holocaust Remembrance/Day; Days of Remembrance||8-15 April 2018 Held on: Mon, 9 April 2018 Time: 1500-1600||Elkhorn Conference Center||TBA||TBA|
|Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month||1-31 May 2018 Held on: Tues, 29 May 2018 Time: 1500-1600||Elkhorn Conference Center||TBA||TBA|
|Women’s Equality Day||26 August 2018 Held on: Mon, 27 Aug. 2018 Time: 1500-1600||Elkhorn Conference Center||TBA||TBA|
|Hispanic Heritage Month||15 Sep - 15 Oct 2018 Held on: Mon, 24 Sep. 2018 Time: 1500-1600||Elkhorn Conference Center||TBA||TBA|
|National American Indian Heritage Month||1-30 November 2018 Held on: Mon, 26 Nov. 2018 Time: 1500-1600||Elkhorn Conference Center||TBA||TBA|
- Equal Opportunity Branch
- ARMY Diversity
- Command Climate Survey
- Army Publications
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
- Army SHARP Program
- AR 600-20 Army Command Policy
- DoD Dir 1350.2 Military EO Program
- DA FORM 7279
- Complaint Process
- Ft. Carson EO Program
- Ft. Carson EO and Sexual Harassment Complaint Processing System
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is the purpose of the Department of the Army Equal Opportunity Program?
- The Department of the Army Equal Opportunity (EO) program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and to ensure fair treatment for all persons based solely on merit, fitness, and capability in support of readiness.
- 2. What are the goals of the Army?s (EO) program?
- To provide EO for military personnel, and family members, both on and off post and within the limits of the laws of localities, states, and host nations. Create and sustain effective units by eliminating discriminatory behaviors or practices that undermine teamwork, mutual respect, loyalty, and shared sacrifice of the men and women of America?s Army. Additionally, in many circumstances, DA civilians may use the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint system.
- 3. What publication or Regulations governs the Army Equal Opportunity Program and Prevention of Sexual Harassment?
- Army Regulations 600-20 Chapter 6 covers the Equal Opportunity Program in the Army. Chapter 7 covers the Prevention of Sexual Harassment, and Appendix E covers the EO/Sexual Harassment Complaint Processing System.
- 4. Does Headquarters Department of the Army EO have a Hotline?
- Yes, 1 (800) 267-9964.
- 5. What areas of complaints does the EO complaints processing system address?
- The EO complaints processing system addresses complaints that allege unlawful discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, and national origin.
- 6. What are two types of EO complaints?
- Informal and Formal Complaint. An informal complaint is any complaint that as soldier, family member or DA civilian does not wish to file in writing. Informal complaints may be resolved directly by the individual, with the help of another unit member, the commander or other person in the complainant?s chain of command. A formal complaint is one that complaint files in writing and swears to the accuracy of the information. Formal complaints require specific actions, are subject to timelines, and require documentation of the actions taken.
- 7. What form is used to file a formal complaint?
- DA Form 7279-R should be used file a formal complaint.
- 8. How much time does a Soldier have to file a formal complaint?
- Soldiers has 60 calendar days from the date of the alleged incident in which to file a formal complaint. This time limit is established to set reasonable parameters for the inquiry or investigation and resolution of complaints, to include ensuring the availability of witnesses, accurate recollection of events, and timely remedial action. If a complaint is received after 60 calendar days, the commander may/may not conduct an investigation into the allegations or appoint an investigating officer.
- 9. The commander has how many days to conduct an investigation?
- The commander has 14 calendar days (or three weekend drill periods for Reserve Components) in which to conduct an investigation, either personally or through appointment of an investigating officer. If due, to extenuating circumstances, it becomes impossible to conduct a complete investigation within 14 calendar days allowed, the command may obtain an extension from the next higher commander for usually not more than 30 calendar days.
- 10. What are my responsibilities when submitting a complaint?
- a) Advise the command of the specifics of sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination complaints and provide the command an opportunity to take appropriate action to rectify/resolve the issue.
- b) Submit only legitimate complaints and exercise caution against unfounded or reckless charges.
- c) It is recommended that you attempt to resolve the complaint by first informing the alleged offender that the behavior must stop.
- 11. What are some techniques to deal with Sexual Harassment?
- a) Direct approach. Confront the harasser and tell him/her that the behavior is not appreciated, not welcomed and that it must stop. Stay focused on the behavior not the impact. Use common courtesy. Write down the thoughts before approaching the individual involved.
- b) Indirect approach. Send a letter to the harasser stating the facts, personal feelings about the inappropriate behavior and expected resolution.
- c) Third party. Request assistance from another person. Ask someone else to talk to the harasser, to accompany the victim, or to intervene on behalf of the victim to resolve the conflict.
- d) Chain of Command. Report the behavior to immediate supervisor or others in the chain of command and ask for assistance in resolving the situation.
- e) File a formal complaint. Details for filing an informal or formal complaint are in AR 600-20, Appendix D.
- 12. How do I become an Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA)?
- Get with your Installation EOA for guidance.