3-5 Sexual Harassment /Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP)
A Soldier in the United States Army stands strong - a member of a band of brothers and sisters bound together by timeless values and sharing a sense of trust with and duty and loyalty to their fellow Soldiers that is unlike any other in the world.
Their willingness to sacrifice for each other, to never leave a fallen comrade, is what makes a Soldier strong - on the battlefield, and off.
When sexual harassment or sexual assault occurs, it is not only a direct violation of our Army Core Values and Warrior Ethos, but also an assault on what it means to serve in the Profession of Arms and the Army way of life - a life in which it is our duty to protect and take care of each other no matter the time, place, or circumstance. As a band of brothers and sisters, we have a personal and professional duty to intervene and prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Sexual assault is a crime. It betrays victims and their Families; erodes the bedrock of trust upon which the Profession of Arms is grounded; and has a corrosive effect on our unit readiness, team cohesion, and command environment.
The damage resulting from sexual assault extends far beyond the victim, weakening the very health and morale of our Soldiers, breaking the bond of trust within our team, shattering the confidence Soldiers have in one another, and undermining unit readiness. Sexual assault can be prevented. As Soldiers, our Core Values demand that we act to stop these behaviors.
There are no passive bystanders. Passive bystanders who do not assist, do not report, and do not try to help their fellow Soldiers as they see sexual harassment or sexual assaults occur are part of the problem. We must protect our team members. When we see or sense the risk of sexual harassment or sexual assault, we have a duty to intervene and protect our fellow Soldiers
At the Reception Battalion and during the initial phase of BCT and OSUT, Army leaders will provide you with information designed to inform, protect and prevent you from becoming a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and if you do become a victim, provide you with options for reporting the incident and getting help.
What is I. A.M. STRONG?
Intervene, Act, and Motivate (I. A.M.) STRONG is the Army's campaign to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault by engaging all Soldiers in preventing sexual assault before they occur.
INTERVENE When I recognize a threat to my fellow Soldiers, I will have the personal courage to INTERVENE and prevent sexual assault. I will condemn acts of sexual harassment. I will not abide obscene gestures, language, or behavior. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I will INTERVENE.
ACT You are my brother, my sister, my fellow Soldier. It is my duty to stand up for you, no matter the time or place. I will take ACTION. I will do what’s right. I will prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. I will not tolerate sexually offensive behavior. I will ACT.
MOTIVATE We are American Soldiers, MOTIVATED to keep our fellow Soldiers safe. It is our mission to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. We will denounce sexual misconduct. As Soldiers, we are all MOTIVATED to take action. We are strongest...together.
3-6. Suicide Prevention
Everyone has the power and responsibility to protect Soldiers on and off the battlefield. This includes recognizing uncharacteristic and suicidal behaviors.
Effective suicide prevention requires everyone in the unit to be aware of the risk factors for suicide and know how to respond. Commanders, NCOs, supervisors and battle buddies must lead the way.
If a Soldier seems suicidal, the time to take action is NOW. Talk to the Soldier before it is too late.
What to Look For: Warning Signs
Distress can lead to the development of unhealthy behaviors. People closest to the Soldier (fellow Soldiers, family, friends) are in the best position to recognize changes due to distress and to provide support.
Comments that suggest thoughts or plans of suicide
Rehearsal of suicidal acts
Giving away possessions
Obsession with death and dying
Significant change in performance
Appearing overwhelmed by recent stressor(s)
Depressed mood; hopelessness
Withdrawal from social activities
3-7. The Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos
The Soldier's Creed addresses the set of principles that all Soldiers strive to emulate. It captures the essence of what it means to be a Soldier.
The Warrior Ethos—within the Soldier’s Creed—describes a Soldier’s selfless commitment to the nation, the mission, and fellow Soldiers.
All Soldiers are warriors—prepared, trained and fully equipped for war. Soldiers destroy the enemy in close combat, resolve conflict, and then restore the peace. They are also part of a team, bound to each other by integrity and trust.
As Soldiers, you will always be under some level of physical and mental stress, regardless of your rank or specialty. Living by the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos provides the inner strength and motivation you need to continue performing your duty and executing your mission.