The Fort Hood Review and Regulation Changes
Responding to demands for accountability, the former Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, announced an independent investigation into Fort Hood and its SHARP program. On Nov 18, 2020, when the Fort Hood Review was published, the reviewing committee offered 32 SHARP-related recommendations for the Army to implement. The review prompted the birth of the People First Task Force, committed to implementing Army-wide change to existing programs and policies based on the committee’s findings and recommendations.
Of the six SHARP remediations implemented in 2021, one of the most pivotal changes was updating the Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 6495.02: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response’s procedures. Victims could now confide in the chain of command about a sexual assault without being forced to file an unrestricted report. To those outside of military leadership positions, this change may seem minor. However, it helps build a foundation for transparency and trust. Previously, if a victim would disclose information about a sexual assault to a leader, the Soldier would be forced to undergo a Criminal Investigation Division investigation, potentially prolonging the healing process and creating more stressors.
A goal of the SHARP program is to give power back to the victim, including the right to choose how they want to proceed in the aftermath of an incident. Previously, the regulation further victimized the Soldier by forcing an internal quandary. The soldiers could not put absolute trust in their leadership without worrying they would be giving up their freedom to choose their reporting options in the process. Now military leaders and victims can build trust and transparency, further strengthening the culture the Army is trying to foster.
Sexual harassment is a punishable offense under military law
Perhaps the most well-known and celebrated change is that sexual harassment is now punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Surprisingly, before the passage of this act, sexual harassment only amounted to a violation of Command Policy. There were no legal ramifications within the UCMJ to punish sexual harassment offenders. This distinction meant that Commanders alone were the ones who determined the consequences of such offenses, often handing down less severe punishments.
Noting the order’s importance, President Biden enacted this declaration in Executive Order 14062: “2022 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States.” Offenders of sexual harassment violate UCMJ Article 134 (Sexual Harassment) and are subject to the following maximum punishments: (1) dishonorable discharge, (2) forfeiture of pay, and (3) two years confinement. It looks like the military is finally taking sexual harassment seriously.
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17) Who can a Soldier report a Sexual Assault to if they want it to be Unrestricted?
12) What are the three echelons of sexual assault victim advocates (VAs) in a Garrison Environment?
16) Who can a Soldier report a Sexual Assault to if they want to keep it restricted?
A: Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders
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