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After Action Review (AAR) Planning and Preparation

Introduction

After Action Reviews (AARs) are an extremely useful tool if planned and conducted properly. Conversely AARs that are improperly prepared and executed can be detrimental to the event and the overall morale of the element. The main point to remember when conducting an AAR is not to place blame, or turn the session into a lecture. Remember everyone’s opinion is valuable.

Involve everyone in the AAR. As leaders we have not cornered the market on good ideas and advice. Sometimes we need to be good followers or better yet, good listeners. Young Warriors often times have useful insight and a different perspective on a given event or procedure. Use their thoughts and suggestions for the benefit of the team.

posted on 01/29/2018 under Articles
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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