The DoD Roster of Neutrals is composed of DoD employees who have had at least 20 hours of approved professional training as an ADR neutral and agree to abide by established ethical standards. DoD employees who want to participate as a Roster Neutral must submit to the DOHA Center for ADR (DOHA CADR) a Neutral Profile with its completed Certification & Endorsement page. The neutral's supervisor must endorse this application, subject to the needs of the employing organization. DoD Roster neutrals must maintain ADR training or experience to remain active on the Roster. Specifically, every two years after acceptance onto the DoD Roster of Neutrals, a neutral must provide the Roster Manager at DOHA CADR with evidence of attendance at 8 hours of refresher courses on ADR techniques and processes, and/or evidence that they have provided ADR neutral services (including co-mediation or co-facilitation) for at least one dispute. Training or ADR experience outside the DoD will be examined and may potentially satisfy these requirements.
The majority of requests for neutral services are for mediators. The DOHA CADR tries to utilize a co-mediator approach for the DoD Roster of Neutrals whenever the situation permits and the participants agree. In some instances, a lead mediator with significant experience may be paired with a co-mediator who has little or no experience (but has been formally trained). The lead mediator is provided with assistance of the co-mediator; the participants get the useful value of two neutral perspectives; the co-mediator gains experience; and over time, the DoD increases its qualified neutral resources. To advance this goal, lead mediators will be required to submit to the DoD Roster of Neutrals, Roster Manager at DOHA CADR a Co-Mediator Evaluation Profile after each co-mediation.
Background information on applicants to the Roster or neutrals listed on the DoD Roster of Neutrals is kept on file at the DOHA CADR and may be disclosed to parties and their representatives, or to requesting agency officials and other agency or investigative personnel for purposes of official duties.