Enhanced Army Readiness Assessment Program Undergoes Release

By Jenny Stripling, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Communications and Public AffairsMarch 23, 2021

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 23, 2021) – The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center released the enhanced Army Readiness Assessment Program March 15. The enhanced Army Readiness Assessment Program is the improved web-based initiative designed to help an organization leadership understand and evaluate their unit’s safety climate and culture while providing increased navigation capability and functionality.

“The absence of a clear understanding of the unit’s status and capabilities could short circuit a leader’s opportunity, doom the unit to mission failure, result in damaged equipment or the death of a Soldier or employee,” said Charlie Mahone, chief, Programs Division, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

“At the click of a button, 24/7, you’re presented with critical, unfiltered information from across the organization that impacts your overall safety program,” said Mahone. “Armed with this, you can focus limited resources where they can provide the most return on investment by reducing accidents and saving lives.”

ARAP compiles Soldier perceptions of their organization’s climate and safety, with an emphasis on safety concerns, through an anonymous online survey. Following the survey, leaders are provided with a candid look at their organization’s safety culture and risk management processes. Over the past 15 years, this tool has empowered battalion-level commanders and their staffs with user-friendly capabilities to conduct data and trend analysis effectively.

The enhanced ARAP program offers:

•Additional demographics have been added for granule analysis.

•Core questions focused on common Safety and Occupational Health parameters.

•Three community data points have been added: Ground, Aviation & Civilian (unique question).

•Commanders and Directors can request higher command access codes from the ARAP homepage.

•Specific questions focused on three functional roles: operator, maintenance & admin/support.

•Free text write-in comments for each question giving all commanders and directors qualitative leading indicator as to the mysterious why respondents scored the question favorable or unfavorable.

•Commanders and Directors can insert three unique questions specific to their organization.

•Targeted topics based on HQDA & USACRC initiatives, e.g.: driving, motorcycles, etc.

Per Army Regulation 385-10, commanders or their representatives must ensure all battalion and equivalent organizations enroll in ARAP within 90 days of assuming command. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Soldiers across the Army have completed over 3.1 million surveys. The USACRC ARAP team continues to enroll and debrief 20 to 30 organizations weekly.

Enhanced ARAP will provide leaders safety climate and culture information through seven new categories: Common Core, Organizational Climate, Organizational Processes, Resources, Safety Programs, Supervision and Open Ended Questions. Dashboards are available for Battalion Commanders/Directors, Brigade and Higher Commands.

For more information on the enhanced ARAP program, visit https://earap.safety.army.mil.