Information and Technology for Better Decision Making
Human Resources Strategic Assessment Program (HRSAP)
May 24, 2007
RECURRING OMNIBUS SURVEYS OF ACTIVE, RESERVE AND DOD CIVILIAN PERSONNEL
What are SOFS? Are they official, approved DoD surveys?
The Human Resources Strategic Assessment SOFS are official business and can be completed
Program (HRSAP), Defense Manpower Data at duty stations using government equipment, or
Center (DMDC), conducts surveys of the any computer with Web access.
Department of Defense (DoD) community on a
In accordance with DoD Instruction 8910.01, all
wide range of personnel issues.
data collection in the Department must be
An exclusively Web-based survey program, approved and show a Report Control Symbol
known as the Status of Forces Surveys (SOFS), (RCS) or must state that they are exempted. The
provides attitude and opinion data on active-duty RCS for HRSAP surveys is DD-P&R(AR)2145.
and Reserve component members and DoD
Who is selected for SOFS?
The first SOFS were conducted in July 2002 Participants are selected at random from
(active-duty), May 2003 (Reserve), and October subgroups formed from combinations of
2003 (DoD civilians). Regular administrations demographic characteristics (e.g., Service,
occur approximately every four months for paygrade). Sampling from these subgroups and
active duty, every six months for Reserves, and statistical representation of the data are based on
annually for DoD civilians. well-established, scientific procedures.
How are SOFS topics chosen? SOFS target populations are active-duty and
Selected Reserve members below flag rank, and
SOFS are omnibus, multiple topic surveys that DoD-appropriated-fund civilian employees. All
allow DoD to establish baselines before selected participants have at least six months of
implementing new programs/policies. Through service at the time the survey is fielded.
SOFS, DoD can monitor programs/policies and
Participants are notified by postal-mail and
measure their effects on the total force. Content
reminded by both postal-mail and e-mail.
is based on a long-term plan, but there is room
for hot-button items to be included at the time of Privacy Act Statement
Privacy will be safeguarded in accordance with
Office of the Secretary of Defense and Military the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579).
Department offices may request assistance
through SOFS. Topics and items are subject to Only group statistics will be reported.
approval by the Under Secretary of Defense for Individual data will not be reported.
Personnel and Readiness [USD(P&R)]. Contacting DMDC
Who will see SOFS results? DMDCSurveyResults@osd.pentagon.mil
Briefings and reports will normally be posted at
http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/surveys/ after review
by the USD(P&R) and the sponsoring office.