Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 98

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Wakai, 55th Combat Camera training. Unfortunately, assessing the quality of a training event is subjective and particularly problematic for a senior commander who does not have the available time to closely observe the training of all subordinate elements. On top of the difficult assessment process, the senior commander needs a rehabilitation mechanism which can correct subordinate commander deficiencies as identified.27 In a situation where a commander identifies an A U.S. Special Forces soldier assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task honest mistake in combat, a corForce-Afghanistan fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle after receiving small-arms fire during a clearance of Denasaro Kelay Village in Mizan District, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, 8 March rection can be put in place in short 2014. USSF soldiers were helping Afghan forces conduct clearance operations to disrupt order to remedy the situation. This insurgent movement in the area. allows the subordinate to improve and not make that mistake again. Combat allows company-level leaders to put inHowever, in a training environment the commander struction into practice. As the requirements outlined is much more likely to hold a single mistake against in AR 350-1 receive less emphasis during combat a subordinate, not allowing him to recover from the operations, the oversight on managerial-type tasks incident. This reality stifles risk-taking and in F