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Whether you are a BOSS Representative or a BOSS Team Member, these valuable resources are here to help make your Garrison BOSS Program Better!



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Prevention Capabilities

Prevention and early intervention strategies can stop or reduce instances of harmful behaviors among service members and their Families. The Army’s Directorate of Prevention, Resilience and Readiness has the following capabilities to help Soldiers and Command Teams implement prevention activities and strengthen their organizational climate and culture:


The Integrated Prevention Advisory Group is tasked with building the Army’s integrated prevention system, the backdrop against which prevention planning, implementation and evaluation takes place. I-PAG is an additive workforce and will not replace current personnel working to prevent or respond to harmful behaviors.

As taking care of people is always a priority, the Army’s I-PAG works to build healthy climates and create environments free from abuse and harm. I-PAG professionals advise military communities on how to deliver prevention activities in a cohesive, comprehensive approach to promote unity of effort, avoid unnecessary duplication, and lessen training fatigue, so the Army can do the following:

  • Increase help-seeking behaviors. 
  • Prevent harmful behaviors from occurring. 
  • Care for Soldiers. 

Build healthy, positive organizational and community environments that enable mission readiness.

For Soldiers, I-PAG matters because it is an inclusive workforce in which everyone is valued, respected and heard, and given opportunities to grow.



The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program directs efforts in preventing and responding to sexual harassment and sexual assault. SHARP ensures the following:

  • Leaders and prevention specialists are trained and supported.
  • Infrastructure for effective prevention is established.
  • Collaborative relationships with like-minded organizations exist.
  • Prevention activities are grounded through understanding, comprehensive planning and continual evaluation.

Suicide Prevention Program

The Army’s Suicide Prevention Program improves Soldiers’ readiness for battle by developing and enhancing policies, training, data collection and analysis, and strategic communications designed to prevent suicide and support those affected by it. The Suicide Prevention Program cultivates a culture of resilience, help-seeking behavior and intervention to enhance Soldiers’ readiness to deploy. The program helps to strengthen Soldiers, improves commanders’ and leaders’ awareness of risk factors, improves leader engagement and fosters a culture of trust for successful service. Understanding of factors influencing Soldier suicides is crucial for early identification, prevention and intervention. Suicide prevention and intervention will do the following:

  • Enhance life skills and resilience.
  • Increase readiness visibility with assessment tools for identifying and assisting individuals at risk.
  • Ensure access to effective behavioral health care and treatment.
  • Support command resource integration to mitigate risk factors and high-risk behaviors, minimizing gaps in information and services.
  • Improve communication, counseling and Soldier-to-Soldier connections.
  • Promote help-seeking behavior to reduce stigma and negative career perceptions.
  • Reduce the availability of lethal means.
  • Provide immediate response and postvention support.


The Army Substance Abuse Prevention program enhances combat readiness through the following:

  • Providing guidance and leadership for all nonclinical alcohol and other drug policy issues.
  • Developing, establishing, administering and evaluating nonclinical alcohol and other drug misuse prevention, education and training programs.
  • Overseeing the Drug-Free Workplace and Department of Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol testing programs.
  • Overseeing local ASAP offices worldwide.


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