Commanders Safety Course

What is it'

The Commanders Safety Course is a powerful tool designed to prepare commanders to manage successful unit safety programs that mitigate accidents and positively impact mission readiness. The course is available online for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers through the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Distance Learning program.

What has the Army done'

The Commanders Safety Course was mandated by the Secretary of the Army in 2004 for all officers selected for a pre-command course and is now required for personnel attending the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Thousands of Soldiers have completed the eight-hour online program, which provides instruction on how to organize and manage unit safety programs and spotlights Composite Risk Management from a command viewpoint. Other topics covered in the course include loss prevention, accident investigation and reporting, workplace and transportation safety, communication of safety messages and family and off-duty safety.

Approximately 30,000 students are enrolled at any given time in 20 online courses via the USACR/Safety Center Distance Learning program. These courses, found on the Army Learning Management System, are augmented by more than 325 commercially provided courses to enhance safety understanding and awareness. An estimated 1.8 million students have completed or are completing courses through the program.

Why is this important to the Army'

The Commanders Safety Course prepares commanders for success in their unit safety programs and demonstrates how safety is more than a "check the block" requirement leading to a command slot.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future'

The Army and USACR/Safety Center will continue to educate Soldiers and leaders on the value of the Commanders Safety Course and other safety-related education and training initiatives.


Reducing losses through aggressive safety programs at all levels is one goal of the USACR/Safety Center. More information is available online at <a href=" " target="_blank"> USACR/Safety Center </a>.