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Using corrective training to motivate substandard performers

Corrective training is a fantastic, yet underutilized, tool for growing your subordinates. Simply put, it is a method to correct a performance deficiency.

There are several FMs and Regs that can help you find information regarding corrective training including AR 600-20 and AR 27-10.

What is corrective training?

Using corrective training to correct substandard performance

When your soldiers start missing the mark, corrective training is an excellent way of putting substandard performers back on target.

Extra training, extra military instruction, and spot corrections are all considered corrective training. Corrective training is considered a non-punitive measure. It is not to be confused with extra duty which is a punitive measure (non-judicial punishment under the UCMJ).

Who can conduct corrective training?

Any leader in the chain of command can utilize corrective training. This authority is an inherent power of command. It is used when a Soldier fails to perform to standard or when performance needs to be improved.

Tips to implement corrective training

Doctrine tells us

  • must not be used as a punishment or appear to be punishment
  • must relate directly to the observed deficiency
  • must specifically address the observed deficiency
  • must be discontinued once the deficiency is corrected
  • must not be used in place of UCMJ punishment

Experience shows

  • the leader must provide proper resources to complete the training
  • must be conducted in a safe environment
  • must not be ridiculous in nature

What do do when corrective training fails

If corrective training alone is not sufficient to resolve the problem and eliminate the deficiency, I suggest you consider revocation of privileges. Associate a privilege with the deficiency. Does the Soldier have difficulty showing up to formation in the proper uniform? Recommend that the commander revokes the Soldier’s civilian clothing privileges. Extreme techniques like these can hit the Soldier close to home and make a strong impact if done with tact and in a responsible manner.

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posted on 03/24/2017 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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