The Defense Suicide
Prevention Office (DSPO) was established in 2011 and is part of the
Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and
Readiness. The Secretary of Defense designated a Defense Health Board Task Force to examine
efforts to prevent military suicide. The creation of DSPO was the result of the Task Force
The Office for
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) promotes Diversity in the Department
of Defense (DoD). ODEI envisions a Department of Defense that reflects the face of the Nation.
To that end, we seek a Department that competes for the best and brightest talent our Nation has
to offer. We focus our efforts on emerging talent to ensure that we successfully attract,
recruit, develop and retain a highly-skilled Total Force capable of meeting current and future
The Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the
Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the
civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.
To provide veterans the
world-class benefits and services they have earned — and to do so by adhering to the
highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity,
accountability, and stewardship.
Drug use is incompatible
with DoD military and public service. The abuse of illicit drugs can impair performance, and
negatively impact readiness in the hazardous conditions unique to the military work environment.
Illicit drug abuse has the potential to compromise National interests when individuals in
security sensitive positions abuse drugs. The Department of Defense (DoD) Drug Demand Reduction
Program (DDRP) was mandated in 1981 and was given the mission to deter DoD personnel from
abusing illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs.