I think morale is high because they are seeing huge results as they turn over the mission to an Afghan army that is large and well equipped.
- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, during a Nov. 23 interview with American Forces Network.
Under Secretary visits Soldiers, Wounded Warriors in Afghanistan, Germany
As we have shown them how they can use tools that ISAF can provide, the next step is to teach & train them on those tools that way we can step further [back]. We are stepping up the Afghan's ability to do it themselves. They [ABP] were down the road long before we could un-wind out of the primary objective. They surprise us with their ability to do things like taking the [humanitarian aid] down to the next village without our prompting.
- Lt. Col. Scott Sill, an Afghan Hand and senior mentor working with SFAT 11
Operation Southern Strike IV: Reaching Across the Force
Army Readiness Assessment Program
What is it?
ARAP is a web-based program that provides battalion-level commanders with data on their formation's readiness posture by sampling culture and safety climate in five key areas: process auditing, reward systems, quality control, risk management, and command and control.
What has the Army Safety done?
ARAP is the only assessment tool that provides commanders immediate feedback from unit personnel, highlighting leading indicators that assist in directing limited resources and impact readiness. During the past six years, ARAP has allowed commanders and staffs to conduct data and trend analysis by asking three important questions:
- Wouldn't you like to know if your unit is about to experience a mishap?
- Wouldn't you like to prevent the loss of personnel and equipment?
- Don't you want to protect your combat power?
Only unit commanders or their designated representatives and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center have access to detailed results. A confidential debrief between ARAP personnel and the unit commander is conducted after all responses are received and analyzed. The ARAP team enrolls and debriefs an average of 30 to 40 organizations weekly.
Why is this important to the Army?
By understanding their unit's safety needs, leaders can best direct limited resources and develop programs to keep their Soldiers and unit personnel safe and mission ready.
What continued effort does the Army Safety have planned for the future?
An increasing number of brigade and higher-level commanders are now using ARAP as a management tool to assess safety climate and culture across their organizations. Due to technology advancements and feedback from the field, the USACR/Safety Center is developing several initiatives for upcoming ARAP releases. Updates include tailored assessments, automated exportable surveys, integrated motorcycle surveys and targeted surveys to specific communities (branch, military, civilian and deployed).
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center home page
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