What is the Integrated Prevention Advisory Group (I-PAG)?
The Integrated Prevention Advisory Group (I-PAG) is the Army’s new primary prevention workforce, whose objective is to build the service’s integrated prevention system. The prevention system is the backdrop against which prevention planning, implementation and evaluation take place. The I-PAG will support leader-led efforts to improve policies, programs and practices intended to increase protective factors, build positive peer environments, and prevent harmful incidents and behaviors from occurring within the Army. Using a community-oriented approach, this group will work with Army commanders to prevent harmful behaviors and to implement integrated measures across the service that enable Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members to remain safe and focused on the mission at hand.
I-PAG personnel are chosen based on specialized training and expertise in public health surveillance, social sciences, strategic planning and data analytics, which enable them to review preventive initiatives holistically and to evaluate outcomes. More than 1,200 roles will be created across all Army components (Active Duty, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve) as part of the implementation plan. The group will collaborate with organizational, installation-based and nonclinical providers to advise leaders on which evidence-based actions to pursue that can boost the Army’s effort to foster supportive environments that encourage Soldiers to seek help and that are focused on reducing harmful behaviors.
Presently, the Army is implementing Phase 1 hiring actions at five installations: Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Camp Humphreys, South Korea. The Army will continue to expand the program to include the Army Reserve and the National Guard. It is expected to reach full operational capacity by fiscal year 2027.
Why I-PAG Matters
Soldiers: Everyone should feel appreciated and be able to present the greatest version of themselves in the Army. Preventing harmful behaviors before they happen promotes not just every individual’s well-being but also inclusion and safety throughout the Army. That’s why it is everyone’s responsibility to consistently behave honorably and courageously. The Army community will incorporate values of inclusivity, connectedness, dignity and respect (access, equity, rights and participation)—including seeking input from Soldiers and Family members to inform plans, processes and trainings. We must all work together to foster safe organizations, installations and community areas.
Leaders: The Army’s top goal is to take care of its people first, so it is critical that leaders at all levels be engaged in this mission. They must create and encourage a culture of trust, decency and respect—one that allows Soldiers, Army Civilians and Family members to advocate for themselves, to stay secure and to connect with the resources they need to be physically and mentally healthy. This will allow the Army to increase help-seeking behaviors, to better prevent harmful behaviors from occurring, to care for Soldiers and to build healthy, positive organizational and community environments that promote mission accomplishment.