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.