Soldiers' Fives

The After Action Review

By The Cove February 13, 2019


An important aspect of professional mastery is the level of competence displayed by individuals, combat teams, headquarters, formations and units. One way we develop our professional mastery is through the conduct of collective training activities.

The after action review (AAR) is an effective tool we can use to ensure that we get the maximum benefit from each of these activities.

In this video, staff from the Warrant Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (WONCO-A) provide advice on how to conduct an AAR.





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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


Clear definition of the concepts of the what an AAR involves and the planning considerations for a successful After Action Review.

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