and that decisions are executed as intended by the commander.
The staff also must ensure that recommendations for modifications and
elaborations are initiated when circumstances demand.
accomplished through the analysis of reports, messages, and staff visits.
The evaluation phase is when you judge the success or failure of the program
in objective accomplishment. Just as a soldier's performance can be checked
against the performance measures listed in the evaluation guide of each task
summary, you need some means to evaluate the battalion's religious program.
The method you can use is an after action review (AAR). For example, after
you have completed a special event in the religious program, you should
conduct an AAR of that event and prepare an after-action report.
You begin by conducting an AAR after a significant event or program to
The AAR is an interactive, group-oriented method of critiquing an
You should discuss the event with all the people that participated in
preparing for and conducting the program. During this discussion, someone
should take notes on what is said, and these notes should be used to prepare
the written report of the AAR. The AAR examines:
Why it happened?
Why the actions taken were correct or incorrect?
You should use the AAR to assess a program and provide feedback to
subordinates on how a program progressed from the planning stage through the
actual accomplishment of the program.
When you lead an AAR, ensure that you:
First restate the activity's main goal or objective.
Avoid giving a personal critique or lecture.
Guide the discussion by asking leading questions.
Allow every person a chance to describe, in their own terms, what
happened during the entire activity.
They can discuss how things
happened, why things happened, and how things could have been done
Another more formal and detailed method is to conduct a review and analysis.
The review and analysis can be used in conjunction with after action