'Change Agents' charged with enforcing, educating troops on EO
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Twenty-five Soldiers graduated from the first iteration of the Equal Opportunity Leader's Course (version 3.0) here, Sept. 12.
The latest version of EOLC was released in April 2014 and includes new multimedia and interactive training tools.
"There were several different practical exercises and videos that emphasize awareness of the perceptions and behaviors Soldiers have of others based on their differences," said 2nd Lt. Amanda O'Leary, the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion physician assistant and a recent EOLC graduate. "Part of becoming an EO practitioner is learning how to be a 'change agent' for the Army, which includes not only understanding others differences but allowing us to operate better as a team by providing the same level of respect regardless of those differences."
O'Leary was one of two Soldiers to earn 100 percent on the EOLC final examination.
First to congratulate O'Leary and her fellow classmates on their completion of the 60-hour course was Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew D. McCoy, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted advisor, who said that the lessons learned come with added responsibility.
"You now have an obligation to help educate all levels of your command on the enforcement of all policies and procedures regarding equal opportunity," said McCoy. "It is up to you to advise your command teams on how to create and maintain a positive command climate that not only treats everyone with dignity and respect, but that highlights the diversity of Soldiers and Families within our ranks."
The EO program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential to ensure fair treatment for military personnel, family members, and civilians without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior.
To learn more about the Army's Equal Opportunity Program visit http://www.armyg1.army.mil/eo.