Harmful Behaviors Prevention Tool
Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) Scenarios
Select a MEO scenario from the list below
The MEO scenarios are located here and within Appendix A of the Harmful Behaviors Prevention Handbook. These scenarios are based on discussions condensed from a series of actual cases and are designed to be discussed candidly within small groups. It is recommended to keep discussion groups limited to 10 people or less. The conversations these scenarios generate can be uncomfortable and shocking. As such, the feedback to the commander must be candid yet tactful. fter each scenario, a “Suggested Discussion Questions” link has been provided to access discussion questions for your consideration in preparation of each scenario’s discussion. This link can also be found in the navigation menu at the top of the page. These discussion questions are provided as suggestions for your consideration in preparation of each scenario’s discussion. You are free to select and modify these questions or to create your own
Suggested Discussion Outcomes
- Develop perspective in relation to diversity and Army values.
- Recognize detrimental aspects of MEO validations, counter-productive leadership, and the erosion of trust.
- Solve tactical and ethical problems using Army principles, doctrine and warfighting.
- Demonstrate effective leadership at all echelons.
- Develop problem-solving capabilities.
- Create awareness and ownership of the MEO program.
- Prepare formations by discussing uncomfortable issues that could be detrimental to the force.
Note: The following scenarios/vignettes are based on actual occurrences, as told to the developers of the training support package. The language used is intentionally casual and reflective of how soldiers may speak informally.
Remember to choose one scenario only per group.
Asian from Korea
DA Civilians are Teammates Also
At work the next day, Mr. Doe openly expressed his opinions by telling everyone at work about SPC Jones’ actions.
SPC Jones requests to speak to the unit Commander, but he is denied by the First Sergeant.
Lead by Fear
The rotational nature of the unit makes it difficult for commanders to gain an immediate pulse on the organization and several personnel were extended past their service time to stay. The unit is composed of all components (Active, NC, and AR), and has experienced the relief of the last two Commanders for inappropriate behavior and SHARP causes.
In the last year, the unit’s discipline level was abysmal, and soldiers usually referred to the installation as a “vacation spot.” The lack of engaged leadership from the top level, as well as ambiguity in its mission, contributed to the maligned climate.
The misconduct by the senior leaders was somehow tolerated, which led to the back-to-back relief of two Battalion level CSMs. Still, the unit saw very little engagement from the COCOM level.
However, it no command climate survey had been conducted to this day and most of the monitoring happened through the unit’s social media posts highlighting the commander’s successes. The commander relegated advice that was not in accordance with his line of thinking, and soon pushed Senior Enlisted Leaders to the side, thus limiting their ability to offer feedback.
The Supply Sergeant
SSG X is a hard-working Supply Sergeant in a small unit with selection criteria decided by an in-house board. SSG X serves in a squadron with distinction and is often seen on weekends working to help his deployed comrades.
Most of the unit members have multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one of the subordinate unit’s areas of responsibility is still the Middle East. Many unit members have been there since the inception of the unit, as it is composed of active duty, civilians, and contractors.
The unit lacks inclusion, and its demographics do not reflect the rest of the Army’s.
SSG X gets into a verbal altercation with an already established unit member of the same rank.
Once the established member tells someone, SSG X’s clearance and access to the building are suspended without calling, nor consulting his Squadron level leadership.
SSG X is distraught as many of his fellow soldiers show social media pages from “established” unit members displaying political alliances and anti-Muslim sentiment.
SSG X tried to resolve the issue face-to-face; however, the unit’s entrenched leadership would not pay attention to his claims but rather listened to the senior members, most of which call each other by first names.
Different RulesEstablished unit members have ignored offenses in the past, even fistfights overseas, because of the cultural dystrophy of the organization.
However, with SSG X, the rules and regulations seem to apply by the proverbial “letter of the law,” while ignoring unit members who express political values at work and demean all who disagree with them.
Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB)
Last week while working with SFC Emily Connor, a white female, SFC Thomas, a black male, was asked to “stop acting like a ghetto black dude and start acting like me, a normal white person.”
SFC Thomas replied, “How do you even know how a ghetto black dude sounds or acts?”
SFC Connor responded to SFC Thomas, “I just know all black men are so ghetto; if it were my decision, no black Soldiers would be in my Army.”
Various soldiers were in the vicinity and witnessed SFC Connor’s comments. They were SGT Martinez, SPC Jackson, and PFC Williams.
The Little Mermaid
The “N” Word
Different Faith & UCMJ
SPC Prince, a Wicca Soldier, was denied the opportunity to conduct his faith group worship. SPC Prince informs his unit chaplain that the BN CDR is not allowing him to attend his Friday evening worship service. The Soldier further informs the chaplain that he is the priest for his coven and must be present to conduct his worship service for his community.
After researching the situation, the chaplain sets up an office call with the BN CDR to advise the commander about his responsibilities to guarantee the free exercise of religions for all service members, according to AR 600-20.
However, SPC Prince is under UCMJ for a Field Grade Article 15 And has been restricted to the barracks for 45 days with 45 days of extra duty.
The BN CDR informed SPC Prince that he would allow him to attend the worship service as long as an NCO escorted him to the event, and he returned to the barracks upon completion of the worship event.
SPC Prince declined as his faith’s doctrine does not allow outsiders to attend the event without an invite. He explains that outsiders cannot be informed of the time and location of worship events.
Is This My Formation?
Harmful Behaviors Prevention Handbook
Select the button to download a copy of the Harmful Behaviors Prevention Handbook.