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The Navy is committed to fair and equitable treatment of all hands, by all hands, at all times.

Equal Opportunity (EO) is a fundamental element of the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The Navy Regulations regarding Equal Opportunity (Article 1164), reads "Equal Opportunity shall be afforded to all on the basis of individual efforts, performance, conduct, diligence, potential, capabilities and talents without discrimination of race, sex, religion, color, or national origin. Naval personnel shall demonstrate a strong commitment to stand on these principles and carry them out."

EO enables Sailors to honor and support Navy core values, accept responsibility for their actions, and to expect others to do the same. EO keeps the mission of the Navy first and allows all to be proud to be in the service of our country.

EO empowers Sailors to respond appropriately, even when faced with increasingly difficult choices. EO promotes and develops unit cohesion and partnerships up, down, and across organizational lines in order to meet the challenges of today and the future. EO recognizes the whole Sailor and the responsibility that the chain of command has to care for them.


For additional information on EO resources please refer to the DEOMI Resource Network (DRN).


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