National Guard EEO Program

National Guard Bureau, or NGB has an Office of Equal Opportunity whose efforts are to ensure fair treatment of all Soldiers and Airmen based solely on merit, fitness, and capability.  This Office also supports the readiness, development, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of National Guard Equal Opportunity policies and procedures. In doing so, the National Guard EEO program helps to 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 the National Guard.

The EEO Program fosters such an environment of respect, growth, and human dignity through compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1972. The National Guard EEO program also implements the policies of DOD 1350.2-D and AR 600-20. The discrimination complaint processes and procedures is included in NGR (AR) 600-22, which is devoted exclusively to the discrimination complaint process. Physical disability and age controls are not addressed due to overriding concerns of medical fitness and deployability of Guardsmen. Basically, the National Guard EEO works very similarly to how a civilian Equal Opportunity program system works…except, it is geared towards the men and women serving in the Army National Guard.  For more information look into NGR 600-21.

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Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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4 thoughts on “National Guard EEO Program”

  1. Candace Ginestar

    I am my unit’s EOL, and have been since I arrived there 3 years ago. I think it’s a great ‘additional duty’ to have and I volunteered for it! My dream is to be a Master Resiliency Trainer too!

  2. These are some great points about the National Guard EEO Program, Justin. Additionally, all commanders are required to have their own EEO Policy. This includes Company Commanders, Battalion Commanders, Brigade Commanders, and higher.

    As a commander, you want to educate yourself about the EEO requirements and EEO Program so you don’t get yourself in trouble. Additionally, most units have an appointed EEO Rep. Sometimes this is the person’s full-time position and other times it is an appointed duty.

    In either case, that individual is a good point of contact or resource when you have a question or complaint.

    Just my thoughts.

    1. Candace Ginestar

      Chuck, great points about commanders having their own EEO policy. It is important to state this in writing so your Soldiers know where you stand on the issue and what will not be tolerated.

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