Methods for Integrating Environmental Awareness Training into Army Programs of Instruction
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The Army recognizes that many of its personnel have a lack of environmental awareness and knowledge of how environmental programs apply within their own areas of responsibility. To help correct this deficiency, the U.S. Army Environmental Center was tasked to develop and implement a methodology for expeditiously integrating environmental awareness training into Army leadership schools. This was to be undertaken immediately, without the benefit of formal needs analysis. This report describes the process and methodology used to embed environmental awareness information within 111 existing lessons spanning 22 Army military leadership courses. Techniques addressed include environmental notes to instructors, videotapes for outside class viewing, situational or practical exercises, guest speakers, outside research, handouts or handbooks, focused briefings, and examples or illustrations. While not a stand-alone solution to the environmental awareness training issue, the process of embedding information within existing lessons holds great promise for near-term application to immediate needs and longer-term strengthening of the overall program. Embedding information initially enables trainers to impart useful knowledge while more sophisticated training materials are under development. Later, when used in conjunction with dedicated blocks of environmental instruction, embedding will serve to reinforce previous training by constantly stressing the importance of incorporating environmental considerations into all activities. Environmental awareness, Environmental awareness training, Embedded training.
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