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?
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
- 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.
Read The Mentor: Everything you need to know about leadership and counseling for more information about Counseling, Leadership, Corrective Training, and Separations in the Army.