Army Regulation 600–63
Department of the Army
7 May 2007
Rapid Action Revision (RAR) Issue Date: 20 September 2009
SUMMARY of CHANGE
Army Health Promotion
This rapid action revision, dated 20 September 2009--
o Designates the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 as the lead office for data
collection and the primary source for official Army suicide rates (para 1-6).
o Expands commanders’ responsibilities to include ensuring that Soldiers
identified with suicide risk symptoms/behaviors are managed in a consistent
manner, promoting the battle buddy system, ensuring that Soldiers are treated
with dignity, ensuring policies are in place for unit watch and other unit-
related procedures that are pertinent to suicide-related events, and ensuring
long-term assistance to those who experience loss due to suicide (para 1-24).
o Directs commanders to establish a policy that ensures that Soldiers with
behavioral health and/or substance abuse problems are not belittled or
humiliated for seeking or receiving assistance (para 1-24e).
o Requires an AR 15-6 investigation on every suicide or equivocal death which is
being investigated as a possible suicide (para 1-24o).
o Establishes the garrison commander as the appointing authority for the
Community Health Promotion Council (para 2-1d).
o Allows noninstallation based commands to develop other strategies for
managing the organizational health promotion program when establishment of a
Community Health Promotion Council is not practical (para 2-1d).
o Places all tenant organizations under the Community Health Promotion Council
for health promotion policy and programs (para 2-1d(2)).
o Specifies that a formal charter will be established and signed for all health
promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention councils, teams, and
committees. In addition, the information required in the charter is
explained. (para 2-1d(3)).
o Outlines specific roles and responsibilities of the Suicide Prevention Task