Strength Through Equality

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMPLAINT PROCESS:

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• Contact your Command Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA) or Equal Opportunity Specialist (EOS) to clarify whether an incident or behavior qualifies as discrimination based on race, sex(sexual identity), sexual orientation, national origin, and color. To locate your Command EOA/EOS contact the USARC Equal Opportunity Hotline at 1-855-434-0986.

• Make an informal complaint. Report inappropriate behavior to try and solve the incident or behavior at the lowest level. This may be most appropriate for minor infractions when the victim simply wants the behavior stopped.

• Any formal written equal opportunity complaint must be filed with your command EOA/EOS at the lowest level appropriate on a DA Form 7279-R.

 

 

 

 

File a formal written complaint on a DA Form 7279-R with any of the following agencies.

• Chain of Command
• Equal Opportunity Advisor or Equal Opportunity Specialist
• Inspector General
• Housing Referral Office
• Judge Advocate General
• Military Police or Criminal Investigator
• Chaplain
• Medical Agency

Complaints must be filed within 60 days of the incident. Complaints made after 60 days may be pursued at the commander’s discretion.

 

 

 

 

Complaints, except those filed with the Inspector General (IG), must be acted upon within three calendar days from the most recent incident.

Complaints filed with an agency against a member of the Chain of Command will be referred to the next higher commander in the chain.

All formal complaints will be reported within 72 hours to the first General Courts-Martial Convening Authority (GCMCA) in the Chain of Command.


 

 

The commander or the investigating officer appointed by the commander has 14 calendar days(or 3 MUTA 4 drill periods for TPU Soldiers) to investigate the allegations.

The commander will meet with the victim and the subject(s) of the complaint to discuss the outcome and results.

A 30-day extension(or 2 MUTA 4 drill periods for TPU Soldiers) may be granted from the next higher commander if circumstances require it.

Further extensions can be approved only by the first General Officer in the Chain of Command.

Complainants must be notified of extensions.

 

 

The complainant and/or subject(s) of the complaint have seven calendar days(or at the next MUTA drill period for TPU Soldiers) to appeal to the next higher commander if he or she is dissatisfied with the investigation results or actions taken.

That commander has 14 days(or 3 MUTA 4 Drill periods for TPU Soldiers) to act on the appeal and provide written feedback on the results.

Final decisions on complaints/appeals not resolved at brigade level rest with the General Courts-Martial Convening Authority.

 

 

Equal Opportunity Advisors or Equal Opportunity Specialists conduct an assessment 30-45 days after the final decision of the formal complaint (substantiated and unsubstantiated) to determine the effectiveness of any corrective actions taken and to detect and deter any incidents of reprisal.


Reports and recommendations are submitted to the Commander on a DA Form 7279-1-R NLT 45 days following final decisions made on complaints.