Commanders and others in the chain of command are responsible for the Equal Opportunity Program
and the development of unit harmony. It is the responsibility of leaders not merely to avoid disorder and
conflict, but to promote harmony and goodwill. Fair treatment for all soldiers is essential. Chaplains
work closely with commanders in these regards. They initiate programs and work quietly to promote
harmony with the unit.
The following are the objectives of the Army's Equal Opportunity Program:
1. to assure fair treatment for all
2. to promote unit effectiveness and cohesion
3. to promote harmony
4. to correct deficiencies in the basic fairness in the way the Army treats everybody
Commanders, chaplains, and other staff officers have the responsibility to:
a. promote the Equal Opportunity program
b. monitor and assist in the execution of the EO Program
c. seek early identification of discriminatory practices
d. prevent actions by individuals or groups which are derogatory or inflammatory to
those of a different race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
To promote a spirit of good will and unit harmony, chaplains, like commanders, must look for
ways to keep a positive and progressive atmosphere within the unit.
Review the following list of ten ways which can be used by anyone at any level to help foster a
spirit of good will. Can you think of five other ways? If so, add them to the list.
10 Ways to Promote and Foster
A Spirit of Good Will
1. Say good morning, hello or give some pleasant greeting upon entering a room or place
where there were familiar people present before you arrived, especially in situations where
you work, recreate, or live.