Human Relations Toolkit

Key Topics


A quick reference area for leaders throughout the DoD to obtain current and contemporary information to assist in promoting and enhancing organizational effectiveness and maximizing combat readiness.


The below items are DoD-approved training materials for Military Service use during in-person training discussions with Service members to better address extremist activity.  This training is not MEO-specific training and is designed for use in training all Service Members across the force.  It is also designed as general training leaders can use during in-person discussions with Service members.  Any changes to this content must be coordinated through the local office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and approved at the appropriate level in the chain of command.  Please refer any questions regarding these materials or their contents to the Office of Legal Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, at  Technical questions should be submitted to DEOMI at

USD P&R Memo

►  Implementation of Countering Extremist Activity Working Group Report Recommendation 2.5


►  DoD Instruction 1325.06 (Change 2) - Handling Protest, Extremist, and Criminal Gang Activity Among Members of the Armed Forces

Lesson Plan

►  Extremism Lesson Plan


►  Extremism Presentation (Powerpoint Version)
►  Extremism Presentation (PDF Version)

Facilitator Materials

►  Countering Extremist Activity:  Case Study Activity 1

►  Countering Extremist Activity:  Case Study Activity 2

Participant Materials

►  Countering Extremist Activity:  Case Study Activity 1

►  Countering Extremist Activity:  Case Study Activity 2

Click on the poster image(s) to download the full-size product.

Stand Up to Extremism Poster


Diversity Management Video


Human Goals Charter
DoD Human Goals Charter

Demographic Profiles and Reports

►  2021 Profile of the Military Community
►  2020 Profile of the Military Community
►  2019 Profile of the Military Community
►  2018 Profile of the Military Community
►  2017 Profile of the Military Community

For additional reports please visit Military OneSource

Policies and Plans

►  Department of Defense Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan
►  Government-wide Strategic Plan to Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (Nov 2021) 
►  Defining Diversity – MLDC Decision Paper

Awareness Items

►  Who's on Your Team (Video)

To view the content below you will be required to register in the DEOMI Learning Management System (LMS).  This is a one time registration and you can view all supplemental training materials as well as formal eLearning courses. Please make note of your logon and password to access other training products.

►  Interactive Presentation – Generational Differences - this product is temporarily unavailable



Bystander Intervention Video

Additional Bystander Intervention Products

The following article specifies four components of a bystander intervention model: (1) notice the incident, (2) interpret the incident as an emergency, (3) assume responsibility, and (4) attempt to help. In addition, the article also identifies factors that influence helping behaviors.

►  A Model of Bystander Intervention

This fact sheet specifies information regarding: (1) the importance of a bystander, (2) who is a bystander, (3) what the bystander effect is, (4) reasons bystanders remain passive, and (5) the bystander approach.

►  Bystander Intervention Fact Sheet

►  Presentation

►  Prevention Strategies


Mentoring Programs
The following article summarizes mentoring programs within the military. In addition, a comparison is made between formal and informal programs and formal mentoring programs were found to be superior.

►  Mentoring Programs Across the Services

Mentoring Training

►  Mentoring Training Facilitators Guide

►  Mentorship Checklist

►  Program Overview


The purpose of the following instruction:  This issuance establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures regarding the process by which Service members may transition gender while serving.

►  DoD Instruction 1300.28 w/Chg 1 - In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members

The following handbook will assist transgender Service members in their gender transition, help commanders with their duties and responsibilities, and help all Service Members understand Department policy allowing the open service of transgender Service members.

►  Military Service by Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria:  An Implementation Handbook

The following product contains the basic information that is detailed in the above handbook.

►  Transgender Service in The U.S. Military: The Basics


Religious Accommodation Training Templates


The following template is provided for Military Department human relations training. Any changes to the content of the template must be coordinated through the local Military Equal Opportunity office or DEOMI-trained Equal Opportunity Advisor, as well as, the local Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and approved at the appropriate level in the chain of command. Please refer any questions regarding the template or its contents to your respective Component or Military Service Military Equal Opportunity Office.

The human relations training material identified here is continually being reviewed and revised to meet Service needs. Some training material may not be available at this time due to the systematic revision and maintenance of the training content and supporting material. Please check back occasionally to see updates.

►  Practices Within the Military Services: Powerpoint

►  Practices Within the Military Services: Teaching Plan

The individual religious awareness perspectives videos located at the link below are provided by practicing members from various religious groups. They are intended to orient viewers to basic religious aspects/beliefs and raise awareness of the referenced group for the purpose of better understanding the religious practices of others. These individual perspectives should not be interpreted as official or final religious doctrine or as the official views of, or endorsed by, the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

►  Religious Perspectives Panels​

The link will take you to a calendar displaying the primary sacred times for many world religions.  Calendar provided by for convenience and may not include all religious observances.

►  Interfaith Calendar


The following guide has been developed to assist leaders in holding difficult discussions with their Service members on potentially sensitive and emotional topics.  Leaders should consult with their EO, EEO, and special staff (SJA, IG, Chaplain, PAO, and others) when preparing for such a discussion.

Leader's Conversations

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