Purpose of the EO
Unlawful discriminatory practices within the Marine Corps are counterproductive and unacceptable. Discrimination undermines morale, reduces combat readiness, and prevents maximum utilization and development of the Marine Corps’ most vital asset, its “people”. The policy of the Marine Corps is to provide equality of treatment and the opportunity for all Marines to achieve their full potential based solely upon individual merit, fitness, and ability. The primary objective is to integrate equal opportunity into every aspect of Marine Corps life. Specific objectives are as follows: To build and maintain a cohesive combat ready corps of Marines who are focused and determined to accomplish their mission. To promote teamwork and cohesion through the elimination of prejudice and harassment. To ensure equal opportunity exists for all Marines. We must ensure that every Marine is prized and appreciated for their individual worth, and that each Marine is afforded full opportunity for professional achievement. The obligation of each member of the chain of command is to ensure that this sense of fairness is constant and genuine. An environment of fairness for all Marines is crucial to building a warfighting team.
Purpose of the UVA
Uniformed Victim Advocates provide 24/7 direct response to active-duty victims. They are not counselors, therapists, or investigators. Instead, UVAs help the victim navigate the system and understand options and resources available. Advocate services normally continue as long as needed.