Equality of opportunity is recognized as an essential element of readiness. It is vital to attracting, developing and retaining a top-quality workforce in order to accomplish the strategic mission of the Department of the Navy (DON). It is our policy to ensure that equal employment opportunity (EEO) is fully integrated into the Department of the Navy mission with demonstrated commitment from leadership at all levels.

Providing equal opportunity in employment for all employees and applicants through clearly defined Human Resources (HR) and EEO policies and programs gives us the foundation we need to proactively prevent discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability and to prohibit acts of reprisal against persons presenting or processing allegations of discrimination. Our managers and supervisors share responsibility with our EEO and HR personnel for successful policy and program implementation so that we can promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through continuing affirmative programs that are efficient, responsive and legally compliant.

DON requires all major commands and subordinate activities to implement the elements necessary to create and maintain a model EEO Program and to provide equality of opportunity to all DON employees and applicants. We have an effective system for assessing and evaluating our EEO programs that ensures that DON major commands and subordinate activities implement their programs in support of and in alignment with the overall DON EEO Program strategic goals and objectives. Ongoing assessments of major command and subordinate activity EEO programs are vital to maintain the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency.