Army Orders Command Climate Assessments

NGAUS Washington Report

(Jan. 7, 2014) The Army has asked its commanders to assess the climate within their commands with a special emphasis on how sexual assaults are handled. From the company level upward, commanders have been told to use the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Organizational Climate Survey, or DEOCS.

DEOCS measures organizational, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment/assault response and prevention issues, according to Army Times, which published a story Monday on its website.

The Army issued a directive last month telling commanders to conduct the surveys. The directive applies to reserve-component commanders and those in the active component.

Commanders who have conducted a DEOCS survey within the past four months can use that survey. Otherwise, they have six months from Dec. 23, 2013, the day of the directive, to complete a new survey.

The deputy chief of staff for personnel will analyze the results and make a report to the Army secretary.