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Leadership is the key to eliminating all forms of unlawful discrimination. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

It is DoD and DON policy to prohibit harassment and unlawful discrimination against persons or groups based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin, or sexual orientation.  This applies to, but is not limited to, recruitment, recruitment advertising, training, advancement and promotion, job assignments, collateral duties, transfers, and all other aspects of employment.  The Navy is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of harassment and unlawful discrimination.t is DoD and DON policy to prohibit harassment and unlawful discrimination against persons or groups based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin, or sexual orientation.  This applies to, but is not limited to, recruitment, recruitment advertising, training, advancement and promotion, job assignments, collateral duties, transfers, and all other aspects of employment.  The Navy is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of harassment and unlawful discrimination.
 
The Navy has zero tolerance for harassment and unlawful discrimination.  Acts of harassment and unlawful discrimination are contrary to the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment.  Service members who model the Navy core values do not engage in demeaning or negative behaviors nor condone these actions in others.
 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is conduct that:
 
  a.   Involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and deliberate or repeated offensive comments or gestures of a sexual nature when:
 
         (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s job, pay, or career;
 
         (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person; or
 
         (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
 
  b.   Is so severe or pervasive that a reasonable person would perceive, and the victim does perceive, the environment as hostile or offensive,
 
  c.  Any use or condonation, by any person in a supervisory or command position, of any form of sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the career, pay, or job of a member of the armed forces or a civilian employee of the DoD,
 
  d.   Any deliberate or repeated unwelcome verbal comment or gesture of a sexual nature by any member of the Military Services or civilian employee of the DoD.
 

HAZING

Hazing is defined as any conduct whereby a military member(s), regardless of rank, without proper authority causes another military member(s), regardless of service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful.

Soliciting or coercing another to perpetrate any such activity is also considered hazing. Hazing need not involve physical contact among or between military members; it can be verbal or psychological in nature. Actual or implied consent to acts of hazing does not eliminate the culpability of the perpetrator.

FRATERNIZATION

Personal relationships between officers and/or enlisted members that are unduly familiar and do not respect differences in rank or grade, or when prejudicial to good order and discipline, or of a nature to bring discredit on the Navy are prohibited. Prejudice to good order and discipline or discredit to the Navy may result from, but are not limited to circumstances which:

  • Call into question a senior's objectivity;
  • Result in actual or apparent preferential treatment;
  • Undermine the authority of a senior; or
  • Compromise the chain of command.
NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND: 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington TN 38055-0000
 
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