Chiefs wanted!

A chief petty officer conducts training.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Written by Jim Ellison, U.S. Coast Guard Civil Rights, Region 4.

If you are a chief petty officer transferring during AY14, consider serving as an equal opportunity advisor for your new command. You may have received civil rights awareness training from an EOA in the past but the responsibilities of the position are much more substantial than conducting mandatory training.

As a Coast Guard EOA, you will be asked to make a difference for your shipmates by:

  • Advising senior leadership and field personnel on civil rights laws, regulations and policy.
  • Processing complaints of discrimination, facilitating resolutions and serving as a mediator.
  • Conducting command climate assessments and providing guidance to the command on identifying and implementing measures of improvement.
  • Assisting with local¬†Coast Guard Partnership in Education initiatives, special observance programs, etc.

Unlike EOAs in the other military services, a Coast Guard EOA works with both military members and civilian personnel.

EOAs attend an initial 12-week training at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute located on Patrick Air Force Base as well as ongoing, refresher and professional development training.

For more information, including qualification requirements, please see the Coast Guard Special Assignments website.

Applications for the Coast Guard Equal Opportunity Advisor program are due by July 15th, so apply today!

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