Myth or Reality: Is Our AAR Process Fixing the Problem, Or Fixing the Blame?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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FM 25-101 defines the After Action Review AAR as a review of training that allows soldiers, leaders, and units to discover for themselves what happened during training, why it happened, and determining solutions to correct the problem. The AAR has become a recognized tool to provide the necessary information and feedback for the units to improve their performance through self-discovery. Yet based on recurring training deficiencies and the self-assessment of the unit, this goal is oftentimes not met. The purpose of this monograph is to determine whether the AAR is obtaining the desired results as specified in FM 25-100 and 25-101. The study focuses on a critical examination of our AAR process and the dangerous ramifications when the intent of doctrine is not met. The analysis and evidence presented will depict the conditions that result from this, culminating in a tendency to place the blame on an individual vice fixing the problem.
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