New tool puts the “brief” in safety briefing

By Chris Frazier, Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Novosel, AlabamaFebruary 28, 2024

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FORT NOVOSEL, Alabama — The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center recently released a new tool in its continued efforts to ensure vital safety and loss prevention information gets into the hands of Soldiers at the lowest levels.

Safety Shorts are one-slide or one-page briefings that contain a quick video clip and safety tips for individual topics. To date, the USACRC has released 18 Safety Shorts covering on- and off-duty topics such as driver training, motorcycle safety, pedestrian roadside assistance and ammunition handling, as well as a variety of season-specific themes.

Safety Shorts were created in response to USACRC Commanding General and Director of Army Safety Brig. Gen. Jonathan C. Byrom’s desire to explore innovative ways to disseminate safety information, said Tracey Russell, a safety specialist with the USACRC’s Directorate of Analysis and Prevention, Ground Division.

“Brig. Gen. Byrom is passionate about providing short, to-the-point, easily accessible safety information to the field,” Russell said. “His guidance was the catalyst for the USACRC team to develop this tool that will aid leaders and Soldiers at all levels with developing and presenting safety briefings highlighting hazards they face every day.”

Safety Shorts can be filtered into on- and off-duty categories. Once a Safety Short is selected, the topic notes are visible and the video can be played directly from the page. The briefings also include downloadable PowerPoint presentations.

Because the briefings do not contain safety privileged information, a common access card (CAC) is not required to access Safety Shorts. Soldiers can also view the briefings on a smartphone or tablet and share them via social media — which isn’t possible with CAC-enabled content.

“The safety of Soldiers both on and off duty is a critical concern for our Army,” Russell said. “Providing relevant information in a short, simple format appealing to today’s Soldiers gives leaders a tool that allows them to address safety issues more easily without impacting other mission requirements.”

Safety Shorts are available on the USACRC website at A link to Safety Shorts will be available on the organization’s homepage under the Safety Brief Tools banner. Additional videos will be added periodically to the website and social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and YouTube.

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