Survey: 101st Airborne Division soldiers answered favorably with areas of dissatisfaction

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division filled out a survey anonymously earlier this year. The results were compiled into a report that was exclusively obtained by News 2.  

The reports were first released in April. News 2 obtained the report through both an Open Records Request and Freedom of Information Act Request. 

It shows soldiers answered more favorably about the 101st Airborne Division than the Army average. For job satisfaction, discrimination, and sexual harassment, the 101st scored twelve to fifteen points higher than the Army average. 

"The leadership of Fort Campbell is committed to the success of every individual," said acting senior commander Brigadier General Kenneth Todd Royar. "That's not just the simple briefing at the beginning of the soldier's tour here. We are committed to it every single day. If you have the same commitment every day, then it makes a difference." 

Royar says the survey shows that the 101st Airborne Division is doing right by its soldiers overall but there is room for improvement.  

For example, women in the 101st said they weren't as happy with their jobs as their male counterparts.  

According to the survey, 62% of women were satisfied with their jobs compared to 72% of men. The 62% score did not reach the Department of Defense recommended threshold and is an area flagged for concern. 

"We need to figure out why women believe that to be the case and we want to make sure that's not the case," Royar said. "It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, every soldier is important. We want to make sure every soldier has that opportunity to succeed." 

Royar says leaders use focus groups to get a more in-depth look at the results and to execute a plan to improve. 

"We're concerned about that and that's why we get to some of those focus groups, so we can take a better look and we can address some of their concerns and then put actions in place to mitigate any potential risks," Royar told News 2. 

The command climate surveys are done every time there is a change of command and at other times throughout the year. They are done anonymously. 

Commanders are required to give out the survey, but it is not required for a soldier to fill it out. 

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