New Web-based Training for Casualty Officers
What is it? The Army fielded its first standardized, web-based, mandatory training curricula for casualty assistance and notification officers on 1 November 2006. These new training products are the outgrowth of recommendations from the Army's Inspector General to Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey after completing an inspection of the Army's Casualty Program in January 2006.
What has the Army done? Previously, each installation Casualty Assistance Center (CAC) developed and presented its own certification training classes for casualty assistance officers (CAOs) and casualty notification officers (CNOs) within its geographic area of responsibility prior to assigning Soldiers to an actual notification or assistance mission. The new on-line courses are the base training curricula for all CACs world-wide. The web-based format enables Soldiers in remote locations 24/7 access to the same level and quality of training that was normally only available at key installations.
Each installation CAC may supplement these standard training curricula with additional discussions, role-playing exercises, and information on resources and procedures applicable to the local geographic area.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army's Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC) has formed mobile training teams with casualty and mortuary affairs expertise who will deploy to locations across the Army in the coming months assisting installation CACs to incorporate the web-based products into local training protocols. Additionally, the CMAOC will continue developing additional web-based training resources and other specialized functions that support the Army's Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Programs.
S1NET, the Army's Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS) professional forum for Human Resource Professionals, hosts the site that provides training and assistance resources for casualty assistance officers, casualty notification officers, others who share in the casualty support mission and leaders who expect to interact with the family members of fallen Soldiers. The training is also accessible through a link on the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center home page. Anyone with an AKO account can visit these web-based training products at either web site.
To visit these new training resources click here.
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