Pentagon Bans Harassing Behavior

Washington Report

(February 13, 2018) The Pentagon released last week a common framework to guide each of the services’ policies to prevent all types of harassment, ranging from offensive jokes to sexual harassment.

Department of Defense Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” is a 23-page memorandum that applies to all organizational entities within the DoD, but does not apply to civilian employees.

According to the instruction, “harassment may include offensive jokes, epithets, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs,” as well as physical threats or racial remarks that “creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.”

“I don’t want to lose all sense of humor in the military,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. “But I have never seen an ounce of belief in the military that you can denigrate someone.”

The services and DoD components are required to provide their implementation plans in the next 60 days, Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White told Military Times.

“We are doing this because we owe our all-volunteer force every protection,” White said.