Chief of Staff of the Army Message
(SHARP website, Leader Overview
The Chief of Staff of the Army issued 5 Imperatives and
the SHARP Top 10 as a directive to all leaders. The CSA's 5 Imperatives are to
shape the way the Army frames sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention
and response challenges. Each is in alignment with the 2013 DoD SAPR Strategic
Plan and drives Army actions.
The CSA's SHARP Top 10 is a summary of the Army's
collective efforts and are intended to further individuals' and leaders' understanding
and guide leader actions. All Army leaders should be familiar with and have a plan
of action to carry out the CSA's guidance.
The Chief of Staff of the Army's 5 Imperatives
The Chief of Staff of the Army established five
imperatives to shape the way the Army frames this challenge and drive our
actions. They are as follows:
1.Prevent offenders from committing crimes; provide
compassionate care for victims; and protect rights and privacy of survivors.
2.Thoroughly and professionally investigate every
allegation and take appropriate action.
3.Create a positive climate and environment of trust and
respect in which every person can thrive and achieve their full potential.
4.Hold individuals, units and organizations, and
commanders appropriately accountable.
5.Chain of command must be fully engaged - they are
centrally responsible and accountable for solving the problems of sexual
assault and sexual harassment within the ranks and restoring the trust of our Soldiers,
Civilians, and Families.
SHARP Top 10
The CSA has also employed the SHARP Top 10 that are to be
turned into leader actions:
1.Sexual assault and sexual harassment represents an
insider threat with the potential to cause significant, irreparable harm to the
2.The Army profession demands leaders of high competence
and high character.
3.Standards and discipline are the cornerstones of unit
climate 4.We must have consistency in the application of all policies.
5.We need to see ourselves; leaders must continually
assess their environment.
6.Execute prevention, policy, training and education
actions to get to the left of the incident 7.Obligation to protect and be
advocates for victims, starting with the initial report until no longer
required by the victim.
8.Professionally investigate each report and take
9.Create and maintain a positive command climate with
trust and respect as the foundation.
10.This can only be solved by a committed chain of
command led by commanders and command sergeants major.