Army Launches Fusion Directorate Pilot Designed to Improve Services for Sexual Assault Victims: Six Installations and the Army Reserve Will Participate in the Year-Long Pilot
The Army has launched a one-year pilot designed to better care for, protect and empower sexual assault victims. The fusion directorate pilot, which is part of the planned redesign of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, will offer an additional reporting mechanism and coordinated medical, investigative, legal and support services that are independent of a victim’s immediate command. The lessons we learn from this pilot will help us improve our support to victims in real time and design a better program for the future. The Army will be locating pilot sites – expected to open in early 2022 – at a broad range of sizes and types of installations: Aberdeen Proving Ground; Schofield Barracks; Fort Bragg; Fort Irwin; Fort Riley; and Fort Sill. In addition, the Army Reserve will pilot a virtual fusion directorate for the 99th Readiness Division. While not participating in the pilot, the National Guard is actively involved in the planning effort and will develop a unique, state-based product.