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Equal Opportunity and the Montana National Guard

This country was founded on the basic values of freedom, dignity, respect, and opportunity for all. In an ongoing struggle to ensure that these rights are enjoyed by all citizens, we must continue to educate ourselves and our soldiers on the importance of equal opportunity. Through this education we can better appreciate the cultural diversity that has helped make the country great. Through education we can create an environment in which soldiers can excel.

Equal opportunity and treatment are given to all soldiers, their families, and Department of the Army (DA) civilians. This is done without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin. To uphold this policy, the chain of command has a continuing challenge; it must provide a command climate that fosters attitudes and behavior about equal opportunity which lead to cohesion and mission accomplishment.

Values, attitudes, and prejudices gained before enlistment or commissioning do not automatically dissolve or change when someone puts on an Army uniform. Too often these values, attitudes and prejudices can lead to the misunderstanding, frustration and suspicion of others. Knowing and accepting this will help you understand the impact of EO training on command climate..

A positive, proactive EO environment helps units’ effectiveness. It promotes morale, teamwork, and results in a high degree of unit cohesion and esprit de corps. People perform most efficiently in an atmosphere free of intergroup friction and discord. Therefore, a healthy EO environment is a key factor in developing and maintaining unit readiness

Who Is Covered By The EO Program?

All M-Day, AGR, ADOS, and Soldiers on Orders.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program

The overall Federal EEO program began under the EEO ACT of 1972 (Public Law 92-261) is designed to ensure fair treatment to all segments of society without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or sex. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act added nondiscriminatory employment coverage based on age and physical or mental disability, respectively. EEO programs include affirmative action for employment as well as discrimination complaint processes and remedies.

What Is Equal Employment Opportunity?

Equal employment opportunity is fair treatment in employment, promotion, training, and other personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and physical and/or mental disability. Also included are Sexual Orientation, Pregnancy, and Retaliatory actions for participating in protected EEO activity. One of the main misconceptions of EEO is that EEO is only for selected groups. EEO is for EVERYONE; it's the LAW!

Who Is Covered By The EEO Program?

All employees, including supervisors, managers, former employees and applicants for employment.

Policies, Regulations, and Resources

M-Day, AGR, ADOS

Military Status Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Regulations: https://www.armyg1.army.mil/eo/docs/ngr600-22.pdf

Command Policy Statement on Equal Opportunity (EO) 

**NOTE: For Non-Discrimination/Harassment related complaints please contact the State Inspector General.

Point of Contact: Army or Air EO/HREO or State Equal Employment Manager (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

Federal Technician and Applicants for Tech positions

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, & Retaliation Complaint Federal Regulations:

Volume I: http://www.ngbpdc.ngb.army.mil/pubs/40/ngraf40_1614v1.pdf 
 Volume II: http://www.ngbpdc.ngb.army.mil/pubs/40/ngraf40_1614v2.pdf

Federal EEO Complaint Counseling and Administration Guidance (MD-110):

Command Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Command Policy Concerning Montana National Guard Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment 

Montana National Guard Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Montana National Guard Disability Policy Directive

Montana Department of Military Affairs: State employees and applicants for State employment

State Employees, and applicants for state employment positions, have additional protected classes rooted in the Montana Human Rights Act and the complaint and investigation process differs from Federal employees of the Montana National Guard.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (A.R.M. 2.21.40) detail the protections and process relating to EEO issues for State employees and applicants for state employment.

Please contact the Department of Military Affairs HR Manager for questions, comments, or concerns related to state-employment EEO, harassment, or retaliation:

Additional information about protections and complaints specific to state employment can be found at the Montana Human Rights Bureau Website: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/human-rights

Please contact the Department of Military Affairs HR Manager for questions, comments, or concerns related to state-employment EEO, harassment, or retaliation:

Additional information about protections and complaints specific to state employment can be found at the Montana Human Rights Bureau Website: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/human-rights

Montana National Guard Diversity & Inclusion:

JDEC - Joint Diversity Executive Council

The Montana National Guard values Diversity and Inclusion and has formalized a Joint Diversity Executive Council (JDEC). The purpose of the council is to align with the National Guard Diversity mission and goals in diversity and inclusion and to utilize the National Guard Members' diverse talents and contributions to the Montana National Guard mission.

The Vision of the JDEC is to achieve a professional organizational culture where diversity is valued as a personnel readiness, combat multiplier that is critical to mission readiness. The Mission of the JDEC Initiate and sustain organizational values dedicated to mission effectiveness, integrity, respect, and ensuring that each individual has the opportunity and means to reach their maximum potential. A copy of the JDEC Charter can be found here: JDEC Charter

If you are interested in learning more about the JDEC, or in getting involved with it, please contact the State Diversity Initiatives Coordinator.

Point of Contact: State Diversity Initiatives Advisor (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

 Special Emphasis Observances

      Point of Contact: State Diversity Initiatives Advisor or State Equal Employment Manager (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

National Guard Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy and Guidance:

Webpage: https://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/Special-Staff/Office-of-Equal-Opportunity/Alternate-Dispute-Resolution/

Point of Contact: State Equal Employment Manager (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

No FEAR Act:

Point of Contact: State Equal Employment Manager (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

Montana National Guard Policy on Hazing & Bullying:

Command Policy Concerning Hazing in the Montana National Guard

Point of Contact: State Equal Employment Manager or Inspector General (Contact info located at the bottom of the page)

Questions, Comments, Concerns or Complaints? Contact Us!

State Equal Employment Manager
406-324-3117

State Diversity Initiatives Advisor
406-324-3413

Army Military HREO
406-324-3119

Air Military EO
406-791-0268

NOTE: If you or someone you know is in need of an accommodation related to the format or delivery of any of the above content, please contact the State Equal Employment Manager directly.

Montana National Guard Equal Opportunity (EO) and Equal Employment (EEO) Program

National Sexual Assault Hotline Phone Number
877-995-5247

Montana 24 / 7 Sexual Assault Hotline Phone Number
406-465-9928