CMEO redefines the self-sustaining aspects of
Phase II and reestablishes minimum program
requirements. The purpose of CMEO is as follows:
1. To emphasize the commanding officers
responsibility for creating and maintaining a
positive equal opportunity climate within the
2. To underscore the chain of commands
responsibility for identifying and resolving
equal opportunity and sexual harassment
problems and concerns
3. To provide commands with the capability to
monitor equal opportunity issues, maintain the
flexibility to address their own needs, and
allocate resources as the situation demands
4, To provide commands with a system for
monitoring all personnel issues that affect
individual promotion; duty assignments; or
other actions emphasizing merit, ability,
performance, and potential
CMEO is an equal opportunity management system
controlled primarily at the command level.
Command-level control makes equal opportunity a
reality in each command.
One of the trademarks of a good supervisor is the
ability to develop subordinates by helping them grow
both personally and professionally. To develop
subordinates, first identify their strengths and
weaknesses. Then counsel, coach, and provide
on-the-job training. Last, give timely feedback on their
performance as well as fair and constructive
Conflict is inevitable in any group of people who
work or live closely together. Racial, sexual, ethnic, and
religious differences among people can be irritants that
cause conflict. Accept the fact that your people will have
conflicts; then concentrate on managing the conflict
rather than ignoring or suppressing it.
Support the Navys equal opportunity program at
your own command by evaluating and resolving
discrimination complaints at the lowest level possible.
Never suppress legitimate equal opportunity complaints
or retaliate against personnel who express a sincere
grievance in this area.
Responsibility to Subordinates
Your subordinates should never doubt that you fully
support the Navys equal opportunity program. To
accomplish that, lead by example; that will set a standard
for them to follow.
ENSURE SUBORDINATES' KNOWLEDGE
OPPORTUNITY. -Clearly state to subordinates that
you support and require them to support equal
opportunity. Deal positively and directly with all your
people equally, and consider each one individually.
You can recognize poor supervisors easily. They
typically are unable to understand any point of view but
their own. They often make derogatory remarks about
groups of people, frequently stereotype people, and feel
free to harass or intimidate members of particular
MAINTAIN CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS
WITH SUBORDINATES. You must communicate
clearly with your people if you are to manage them
effectively. One of the barriers of supervising people
who arc different from you is dealing with unknowns.
If you do not understand how people think, feel, and act,
you might avoid them. You might substitute what you
dont know with generalized ideas and stereotypes.
Therefore, your equal opportunity skills should include
the ability to listen and understand what people say.
Responsibility to Command
As a senior petty officer, you have a responsibility
to communicate your support of equal opportunity
throughout the command. Your support of equal
opportunity does not end with responsibility for your
division; you are the example throughout your
command. Every time you venture into other areas,
others learn a lot about your support of equal
opportunity simply by the way you handle yourself
outside your divisional spaces.
PROJECT YOUR SUPPORT. -As a senior petty
officer within your command, you may be called upon
to give command lectures regarding the responsibilities
of equal opportunity. When giving lectures, project your
support as strongly as possible. After all, your view may
be the first intensive look at equal opportunity
subordinates have had since entering the naval service.
ENFORCE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. -An equal
opportunity program can succeed only if the command
identifies, weighs, and corrects insensitive practices.
Any person, military or civilian, who directly or