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We are one team, inclusive of the EEO, EO, and SHARP Programs. We are in the people business—supporting Soldiers, Family members, and Civilians. Our primary focus is to educate and train leaders, who will ultimately determine the success or failure of our EEO, EO, and SHARP programs. Leaders influence the command climate and their execution of personnel related actions impact perceptions of their workforce.

Diversity News & Announcements

The observance of National Native American Heritage Month each November gives the Defense Department an opportunity to honor the service of some 21,000 American Indian and Alaska Native service members and civilians.  

Special Observance Of the Month (National Disability Employment Awareness Month)

           The Right Talent, Right Now

NDEAM 2019 poster:

TRADOC is grateful for the many contributions its people with disabilities have made to help drive change and improve the Army. Leaders, managers, and supervisors are encouraged to take advantage of Schedule A hiring authority, the Wounded Warrior Program, Pathways, the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities, and the Non-Paid Work Experience Program to hire or provide work experience to people with disabilities.   







    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Civilian Mission

    We hope to enrich the lives of all applicants and TRADOC civilian employees by providing an environment free from race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability discrimination, sex or sexual orientation. Provide advice, support, education, and training to TRADOC leadership and civilian employees with regard to EEO and diversity principles.


  • Special Emphasis Programs

    Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) 

    Special Emphasis Programs are an integral part of Equal Employment Opportunity. The purpose of these programs is to ensure that agencies take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity to minorities, women and people with disabilities in all areas of employment. Special Emphasis Programs receive their authority from Federal statues, regulations, and Presidential Executive Orders which include, but are not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Rehabilitation Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Act. The term, "Special Emphasis Programs," refers to employment related programs which focus special attention on groups that are underrepresented in a specific occupational category or grade level within work force. These programs serve as a channel to management officials.  By utilizing Special Emphasis Program and engaging with affinity groups, commands and activities can raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and demonstrate TRADOC’s commitment to a model workplace for the many thousands of Civilians and Soldiers that are assigned.  TRADOC also engages with affinity groups in support of our military recruitment efforts as well as for individual recognition in their awards program.  As hiring and budgetary restrictions soften, TRADOC expects to use several affinity groups to assist in targeted recruitment efforts of Civilians.  To top off our Special Emphasis Program, TRADOC conducts Special Commemorations and Ethnic Observances to provide culture awareness to everyone.

    Federal Women's Program:

    TRADOC fully supports the Army’s Federal Women’s Program.  The Federal Women’s Program (FWP) is a Special Emphasis Program which was established in 1963 to enhance employment and advancement of women.  Executive Order 11478, signed in 1969 by President Nixon, placed overall responsibility for managing the FWP under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and ultimately includes the EEO Directors and Officers.  As one of the Special Emphasis Programs, it helps place emphasis on achieving equal employment opportunity within the workplace for women.  In TRADOC, where both diversity, inclusion and equity are paramount, we are working to improve the participation rate of women in the senior grades including the senior executive service. 

    Federal Employed Women (FEW): https://www.few.org/about-us/what-is-few/

    Executive Order 11375: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/executive-order-11375-amending-executive-order-no-11246-relating-equal-employment

    Executive Order 11478: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/11478.html


    Hispanic Employment Program:

    TRADOC fully supports diversity and inclusion.  The Hispanic Employment Program is part of the Special Emphasis Program and seeks to increase the number and advancement of Hispanics in the workforce and in senior grades.  Within the Army and TRADOC there has been persistent low participation of Hispanics within the workforce.  Diversity, inclusion and equity are hallmarks of TRADOC.  One of TRADOC’s diversity and inclusion goals is to increase the participation rate of Hispanics in the senior grades including the senior executive service. 

    Executive Order 11478: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/11478.html


    Black/African American Employment Program:

    The Black/African American Employment Program purpose is to help identify and eliminate barriers to their full participation in the Federal workforce.  This is done by reviewing and analyzing employment data to determine if there are any barriers to hiring, development, and advancement of Black/African Americans and if any are identified, to eliminate them.  The program also encourages awareness of contributions of Black/African Americans to DoD and America at large and recommends ways to overcome them.   In TRADOC, where both diversity, inclusion and equity are paramount, we are working to improve the participation rate of women in the senior grades including the senior executive service.  

    Executive Order 11478: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/11478.html


    Asian American and Pacific Islander Employment Program:

    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States based on information from the U.S. Census.  The purpose of this Special Emphasis Program is to advocate for the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of Asian American and Pacific Islanders.  Additionally, it is to identify and eliminate barriers and encourage profession development.  On 14 October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13515 – Increasing Participation of Asian American and Pacific Islander in Federal Program.  In TRADOC, where both diversity, inclusion and equity are paramount, we are working to improve the participation rate of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the senior grades including the senior executive service.

    Executive Order 13515: https://www.federalregister.gov/doc -in-federal-programs                                                                                                         


    American Indian and Alaska Native Employment Program:

    The purpose of the American Indian and Alaska Native Employment Program is to advocate for recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Additionally, it is to identify and eliminate barriers and encourage profession development. Executive Orders 13583 and 13593 aim to improve their participation in the Federal workforce and improve educational opportunities. In TRADOC, where both diversity, inclusion and equity are paramount, we seeks to improve the participation rate of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the senior grades.

    Executive Order 13592: Improving “American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities
    Executive Order 13583: Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diver Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce


    Persons with Disabilities Employment Program:

    TRADOC is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion and persons with disabilities are included in that goal.  Persons with disabilities and especially those with targeted disabilities are an untapped resource and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that TRADOC needs to continually improve the Army.  The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability and encourages employment in the Federal government.  There has also been a number of Executive Orders issued by several Presidents. Two of the more recent ones include President Clinton issued Executive Order 13163, in July 2000, with a goal of hiring 100000 people with disabilities, including people with targeted disabilities in the Federal Government over 5 years.  Then in July 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13548 which emphasized the Government’s role as being a model employer of people with disabilities to include recruitment, hiring, and retention.  As such, TRADOC like the Army, uses many tools available such as Schedule A Hiring Authority, Workforce Recruitment Program for Students and Graduates with Disabilities, Pathways, Wounded Warriors, etc., to increase its number of persons with disabilities, particularly those with targeted disabilities. TRADOC has a very viable disability program that is fully committed to improving its organizational culture and climate be a model employer within the Federal government.

    The Rehabilitation Act of 1973: https://www.askearn.org/topics/laws-regulations/rehabilitation-act/
    Executive Order 13163: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2000-07-28/pdf/00-19322.pdf
    Executive Order 13548: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2010-07-30/pdf/2010-18988.pdf


    Disabled Veteran's Affirmative Action Program:

     It is the policy of TRADOC to continually seek opportunities to hire, train, retain, and advance qualified disabled veterans, particularly those who are 30 percent or more disabled.  At the close of FY 18, disabled Veterans represented 34 of the workforce. TRADOC uses variety of methods to recruit and employ disabled veterans, especially those who are 30 percent or more disabled.  Methods include Schedule A Hiring Authority, the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA), the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Wounded Warrior, Pathways, Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates, the Non-Paid Work Experience Program, and job fairs.  TRADOC is required to submit a Disabled Veteran Affirmative Action Plan report to HQDA on an annual basis.  TRADOC Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program represents a good new story for us.

    VA for VETS: https://www.vaforvets.va.gov/


  • Civilian Development