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SAPRO Structure

SAPRO serves as the DoD’s central authority for sexual assault policy and provides oversight to ensure that each of the Service’s programs comply with DoD policy.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) oversees SAPRO. Guidance and oversight of SAPRO is split between the Office of Force Resiliency (OFR) and Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA). OFR provides day-to-day guidance and DHRA provides operational management and logistical support.

SAPRO is led by a Director appointed from the Senior Executive Service (SES) and a Senior Leader (SL) Deputy Director. Duties of the Director include:

  • Oversee implementation of the comprehensive policy for DoD SAPR program;
  • Serve as the single point of authority, accountability, and oversight for the SAPR program;
  • Provide oversight to ensure that the Military Departments comply with the SAPR program;
  • Collect and maintain data of the Military Department on sexual assault;
  • Act as a liaison between the DoD and other federal and state agencies on programs and efforts relating to SAPR; and,
  • Oversee development of strategic program guidance and joint planning objectives for resources in support of the SAPR program, and make recommendations on modifications to policy, law, and regulations needed to ensure the continuing availability of such resources.


SAPRO is comprised of eight teams dedicated to various SAPR program efforts. These teams include:

  • Director’s Action Group (strategy and public affairs)
  • Prevention
  • Victim Assistance and Advocacy
  • Policy and Legislative Affairs
  • Assessment and Oversight
  • Resource Management
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training and Education Center of Excellence (SAPRTEC)
  • Defense Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct (DAC-PSM)

Additionally, the SAPR Integrated Product Team (IPT) advises the Secretary of Defense, through the USD(P&R), on policies, programs, and practices across the full range of SAPR issues involved Service members. The IPT meets every other month to discuss broad SAPR issues, implement the DoD SAPR program, and review SAPR policies and programs. The IPT includes the SAPRO Director; Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Manpower and Reserve Affairs for the Department of the Army; Director of the Air Force SAPR Program; a senior representative from the Department of the Navy SAPRO; and a GO/FO or DoD SES civilian from the Joint Staff Manpower and Personnel (J-1), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the National Guard Bureau, the Office of General Counsel, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. A Coast Guard representative may be invited as a guest. Other DoD Components’ representatives may be invited when their expertise is needed to inform and resolve issues being addressed. The DoD Inspector General shall be authorized to send one or more observers to attended IPT meetings to monitor and evaluate program performance.