By Sam Reynolds, U.S. Army Combat
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 18, 2008) -- In an effort to
provide Army Readiness Assessment Program users increased navigation
capability and functionality, the Army announces an updated version of
ARAP, called ARAP Next Generation or Next Gen.
For more than two years, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety
Center (USACRC) compiled feedback and suggestions from ARAP users --
battalion commanders, Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and
contractors -- on possible ways to improve the ARAP. Next Gen
encompasses many of those recommendations.
The USACRC developed ARAP in October 2005 to communicate the
Army's conviction that Composite Risk Management is the best way to
defend against accidental losses experienced in the Army. In February
2006, the Chief of Staff, Army, directed ARAP as a mandatory program
for all battalion commanders, completed in conjunction with the
Command Inspection Program.
Designed as a battalion commander's tool addressing root causes
of accidental loss by focusing on organizational safety climate and
culture, ARAP is comprised of a 63-question online assessment, filled
out by Soldiers anonymously, that captures unit posture on command and
control, standards of performance, accountability and risk management.
"The assessment highlighted the fact that our leaders were
not providing command guidance down to the lowest levels," said
an Armor battalion commander. "Many Soldiers indicated they were
not provided intelligence updates and were not being briefed on
current operations. That made us dig deeper to determine what else was
not making it all the way down the chain and we implemented checks to
ensure this was corrected."
Once a battalion's assessment is complete, commanders receive
one-on-one feedback in the key issues of command climate, safety
culture, resource availability, workload, estimated success of certain
safety intervention programs, and factors relating to the overall
readiness of their unit.
"Some of the improvements to ARAP are the incorporation of
improved navigation and functionality, including multiple dropdown
windows added to ARAP's registration process," said ARAP Team
Chief Sam Reynolds. "Additionally, Next Gen provides quicker
access to a battalion's summary and detailed roll-up reports,
printable analysis charts and tables, and issues completion
Brigade commanders and higher-level commanders are afforded the
opportunity, with Next Gen, to receive a debriefing focusing on the
aggregate data collected from all enrolled units in that command.
An additional feature of Next Gen is automated e-mails
generated to commanders informing them of their ARAP status.
Soldiers and employees appreciate ARAP because it gives them
freedom to share those issues and concerns that they believe are of
utmost importance when dealing with safety issues, with their
commanders, while providing anonymity.
For more information on ARAP Next Gen or to enroll, visit https://unitready.army.mil.