An updated Unit Risk Inventory (URI) will arrive to installations and National Guard Bureau this month. The anonymous questionnaire screens for high-risk behaviors within units including alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, suicide, financial problems, and personal and unit relationships. The results of the URI Web Reporting Tool identifies habits and attitudes that compromise unit readiness. According to Gary Cunningham, a Senior Program Analyst with the Army Resilience Directorate, key enhancements and improvements to URI Version 3 include the addition of questions related to sexual assault, an expanded section related to stress, and 10 specific questions pertaining to National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.
The URI is part of the Army's Risk Reduction Program (RRP). It is a resource exclusively meant to help commanders understand the needs of their units. After a unit completes the survey, Risk Reduction Program Coordinators (RRPCs) analyze the data. Next, the commander is briefed by RRPCs regarding possible risks. Finally, RRPCs work with service providers to instruct the units on how to develop a prevention/early intervention plan focused on pinpointed challenges. The processing of the surveys will start March 2020 and commanders will begin to receive URI reports at that time.
The URI is not currently linked to the Commander's Risk Reduction Dashboard (CRRD).
"That is a feature in CRRD that is still in development. In the future, a commander will be able to view his/her unit in the CRRD and also see if any URI's were done for that unit all in one system," Cunningham said.
The CRRD is a visibility tool which provides individual Soldier's unit history and behavior trends in near real-time. The dashboard pulls information from multiple authoritative Army databases. The RRP focuses on the effective use of installation resources and coordinated efforts between commanders and installation agencies to identify high-risk behavior patterns and to implement effective interventions. The CRRD will eventually replace the RRP. The RRP program is transitioning from the current software platform to the CRRD Increment 2 website.
"Installation RRPCs have access to the ASAP Risk Reduction website and can retrieve URI reports should a commander not have access. RRPCs and commanders can access their Risk Reduction Reports as well as URI information/reports," said Cunningham. "An important part of the process is for the RRPC and service providers to brief commanders where they can identify any areas from the URI report. These areas may be targeted for further analyses and/or recommended for intervention measures."