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Defense Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct (DAC-PSM)​

The DAC-PSM provides DoD and Congress independent advice and recommendations on the prevention of sexual assault involving Service members (including behaviors on the sexual assault continuum of harm) and the policies, programs, and practices of each Military Department, Armed Force, Military Service Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy. DAC-PSM interests extend to all DoD educational institutions and training facilities for the prevention of sexual assault and other harmful behaviors.

To directly contact the DAC-PSM, please email:

DAC-PSM Training Study

At the DoD’s direction, DAC-PSM conducted a review of sexual assault and sexual harassment training. Following its review, the DAC-PSM submitted its report entitled “DoD’s Training of Junior Enlisted Service Members: An Analysis of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Training for DoD’s Most At-Risk Population” to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

The DAC-PSM focused its training analysis on junior enlisted Service members (E1-E4) since annual reporting data repeatedly show this subgroup is at highest risk of experiencing harmful behaviors. Further, in looking at the overall size of the DoD military population, in 2021 this E1-E4 subgroup comprised nearly 700,000 Service members (active duty, Reserve, and National Guard). 

The report offers 16 recommendations for the DoD’s consideration. The Committee hopes that its efforts will have two impacts on this large at-risk population:

  • Help reduce the number of incidents of sexual misconduct that these individuals might experience early in their military career; and

  • Equip these future leaders with the appropriate knowledge and skills to effectively guide Service members who enter the military behind them.

The full report is available here.

The executive summary is available here.


DAC-PSM Annual Report

The DAC-PSM submitted its 2023 Annual Report on March 27, 2024, to the Secretary of Defense and House and Senate Committees as directed by the FY20 and FY21 National Defense Authorization Acts. This overview of 2023 DAC-PSM activities includes details on member education and public meetings, as well as a look ahead to 2024. The DAC-PSM 2023 Annual Report and 2022 Annual Report are available here.



DAC-PSM Overview


Terms Of Reference (TOR):
Committee Organization
Metrics and Performance Subcommittee Signed January 13, 2023
Prevention Training and Activities Subcommittee – ToR –signed January 13, 2023
Committee Studies
Sexual Assault and Harassment Training Study ToR - signed January 13, 2023
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in Professional Military Education ToR – signed January 13, 2023
Measurement of Risk and Protective Factors for Harmful Behaviors ToR – signed October 6, 2023

Public Meetings:

June 27, 2024 Federal Register Notice

November 7, 2024 (Subject to Change)


Information from previous meetings:

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024 Agenda
April 10, 2024 Federal Register Notice
April 10, 2024 Presentation


September 21, 2023

September 21, 2023 Agenda
September 21, 2023 Presentation

September 21, 2023 Public Meeting Minutes 
September 21, 2023 Federal Register Notice

March 31, 2023

March 31, 2023 Agenda
March 31, 2023 Presentation
March 31, 2023 Public Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2023 Federal Register Notice

March 2, 2023

March 2, 2023 Agenda
March 2, 2023 Presentation
March 2, 2023 Service Training Inputs

March 2, 2023 Public Meeting Minutes

March 2, 2023 Federal Register Notice


December 8, 2022

December 8, 2022 Agenda
December 8, 2022 Presentation

December 8, 2022 Public Meeting Minutes

December 8, 2022 Federal Register Notice


August 22, 2022

August 22, 2022 Agenda
August 22, 2022 Presentation
August 22, 2022 Public Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2022 Federal Register Notice
August 22, 2022 Speaker Bios