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DoD Directive 1440.1, Dated May 21, 1987 authorized the establishment of Special Emphasis Programs (FWP, HEP, and HIP) as well as, at the discretion of responsible officials, SEPs for the Black Employment Program (BEP), Asian Pacific American Employment Program (APAEP), and the American Indian/Alaskan Native Employment Program (AIANEP). DoD Directive 1440.1, change Number 2, dated March 11, 1991 Mandated establishment of the BEP, APAEP and AIANEP.

Department of the Army established Mandatory BEP in February 1988.

Black Employment Program

  1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin,
  2. Executive Order 11478
  3. Department of Defense Directive 1440.1 (Nov.21, 2003)
  4. 29 CFR Part 1614
  5. Executive Order 13256
  6. AR 690-12