All members of this command: Marines, Sailors, and civilian employees, are entitled to an environment that is free of any bars that would prohibit their full growth to as high a responsibility as they can reach. As the Commander of Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North, I, along with the Force Sergeant Major and Command Master Chief, am dedicated to Equal Opportunity (EO) and expect and demand all members of this command to promote and protect the rights of all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin. The cultural diversity of the personnel within this command helps to promote, maintain, and strengthen our readiness by fostering an environment that promotes professional growth, dignity, and mutual respect for each other.
Discrimination, to include sexual harassment, in any form is a distraction from unit cohesion and counterproductive and will not be tolerated. Discrimination minimizes and undermines a unit’s morale, which focuses on four basic tenets – leadership, professionalism, discipline, and respect. Personnel engaging in or failing to report or prevent discrimination or sexual harassment will be held accountable and subject to appropriate corrective action.
Equal Opportunity is the responsibility of all personnel. Sound leadership ensures equal opportunity. I charge each of you, as leaders, regardless of rank, to take immediate and appropriate action when any form of discrimination, to include sexual harassment, is brought to your attention.
In accordance with NAVMC 2921a, the Informal Resolution System (IRS) should be used whenever possible to resolve complaints of discrimination at the lowest level. If IRS does not resolve the complaint, the preferred method for formal complaints is the Request Mast process. Reprisal or acts of intimidation related to a complaint will not be tolerated and are also subject to disciplinary or administrative action.
When working together to achieve mission accomplishment through teamwork, professionalism, and Espirit de Corps; Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North successfully remains a Force in readiness. For additional assistance or information, contact your unit’s Equal Opportunity Representative or my personal Equal Opportunity Advisor, GySgt Kirkland Levarity , at 504-697-8155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.