New Policy: Harassment Prevention, Response in the Armed Forces News Release

The Department of Defense announced, Feb. 8, 2018, the release of Department of Defense Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” effective immediately.

The comprehensive policy for service members addresses harassment, including sexual harassment and harassment through social media. The policy strengthens and reaffirms the department’s position that it does not tolerate any kind of harassment by any service member, either in person or online.

The 23-page instruction sets a common framework to guide each of the services’ policies to prevent all types of harassment, ranging from offensive jokes to sexual harassment.

The new policy will allow troops to file harassment complaints wherever they feel most comfortable. The DOD announcement is available at and the instruction is at

The policy supersedes the department’s past policies on sexual harassment for service members and provides new procedures for all types of harassment prevention and response. Through a department-wide oversight framework, this policy increases leadership commitment and accountability and provides additional resources and requirements to protect service members. Preventive measures in the policy are set in place to identify and address problematic behaviors early, in an effort to prevent these behaviors from escalating.

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) 24/7 Hotlines in Stuttgart is:

24/7 SHARP hotline: 0631-413-7280

Kelley Barracks Point of Contact: During duty hours call DSN: 421-5724/civ. 0711-729-5724. After 5 p.m. contact 0172-868-6230.

Panzer Kaserne Point of Contact: DSN: 431-3327/civ. 07031-15-3327.

Europe SHARP contact list: