Administered every two years by the Department of Defense (DoD) for active duty military members, the survey is confidential and helps measure the prevalence of sexual harassment and gender discrimination throughout the services.
Since 2013, the surveys of the active duty (the WGRA) and Reserve component (the WGRR) occurred on a biennial cycle and in opposite years from one another (i.e. the WGRA in even years and the WGRR in odd years). Beginning in 2021, and in accordance with authorization provided by the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (FY21 NDAA), OPA will combine the administration of the WGRA and WGRR into a single year. We refer to the combined survey as the 2021 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Military Members (2021 WGR).
The Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA) will launch on December 9, 2021.
What is it?
The WGR is a congressionally mandated survey that provides information on sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the military. The WGR is the DOD’s only official tool to measure the prevalence of sexual violence in the military. This survey is voluntary and completely confidential.
How can Marines take it?
The Marine Corps remains dedicated to preventing sexual violence and promoting a mission-capable force. Marine Corps leadership strongly encourages Marines to complete the 2020 WGRA and have designated its completion as Official Business. It is available to a select group of Marines who are part of a scientifically based sample. The survey can be completed on any government computer or personal device until March 3, 2022.
What continued efforts does the Marine Corps have planned?
The Marine Corps continues to focus on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response by reinforcing positive, constructive behaviors while working to eliminate behaviors that threaten the health and readiness of the Corps. With a strong emphasis on prevention, the Marine Corps aims to stop incidents before they happen through regular training, embedded reporting mechanisms, and various communications initiatives. The WGRA results can help inform these efforts.
Why is this important to the Marine Corps?
There is no place for sexual assault or harassment in the Marine Corps. Sexual assault erodes the trust and cohesion essential to the Marine Corps and these actions are incompatible with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment. The WGRA survey is critical to understanding the presence or absence of sexual misconduct across the services, and results from the survey will help improve policies and services for Marines.
Sexual assault can be a traumatic event. If you have been sexually assaulted, finding a confidential resource is important for your health.
People who are sexually assaulted are never alone – no matter when or where assistance is needed. Marines and their families have immediate access to resources and referrals by calling their installation’s 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line.
A Marine who files an Unrestricted Report of sexual assault may request an expedited transfer. The intent is to assist in the victim’s recovery by moving the victim to a new location.