WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert outlined new initiatives Friday designed to combat sexual assault in the Navy. Among those plans is a revision of alcohol sales policies at Navy Exchanges around the world.
The CNO is directing Navy Exchanges to only sell liquor at main exchanges or at dedicated package stores. Additionally, NEXs are being told to reduce the area of alcohol displays and merchandise in stores other than package stores to no more than 10 percent of the retail space.
Navy Exchange facilities will also make single-use alcohol detection devices available to customers.
Along with the alcohol policy changes, CNO Greenert announced plans that target sexual assault.
The director of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor office was named Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Officer, and will implement these initiatives. A dedicated SAPR Officer will be assigned to major commands, and will report directly to their commanders.
The Navy also plans to deploy resiliency counselors to certain commands, who will have the ability to take restricted and unrestricted reports of sexual assault.
Plus, commanders are directed to survey facilities and identify areas that need better lighting or visibility to reduce Sailors' vulnerability while walking on base.
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