As a small unit leader, you should take a few hours and read FM 5-19: Composite Risk Management. It will help educate you about your responsibilities as a leader, concerning risk management. It’s filled with great tips, training and resources that you can reference when needed.
Here’s a brief overview of what you will find in FM 5-19:
Chapter # 1: The CRM Process
The first chapter talks about the steps of Composite Risk Management, which include:
- Step 1 – Identify hazards
- Step 2 – Assess hazards to determine risk
- Step 3 – Develop controls and make risk decisions
- Step 4 – Implement controls
- Step 5 – Supervise and evaluate
This chapter will walk you through the steps so you understand the “process” you should go through when you are doing your safety planning.
Chapter # 2: Responsibilities
In this chapter you will learn the responsibilities of commanders, the S3, staff, the leader and the individual. It gives examples and is very specific about who is responsible for what.
Chapter # 3: Application to Troop Leading Procedures
This chapter is really beneficial for anyone at the company level and lower, who utilizes the Troop Leading Procedures to do their mission planning. It will teach you how to integrate the CRM Process into the Troop Leading Procedures.
Chapter # 4: Application to the Military Decision Making Process
This chapter talks about how to implement the CRM Process into the Military Decision Making Process. This is an important chapter for personnel serving on staffs at the battalion level and higher.
Chapter # 5: Application to Training Management
Chapter # 6: Application to Other Functional Areas
This chapter talks about how to use the CRM Process to minimize sexual assaults, suicides, POV accidents, and other issues that affect unit morale. It’s really focused on the individual soldier.
Appendix A: Instructions and Sample Forms
I think the sample forms in here are priceless. There are tons of forms you can see that serve as examples. If you need to do a Risk Assessment form, this would be a good starting point.
Appendix B: Glossary / Key Terms / Acronyms
This chapter gives you all of the important definitions and acronyms.
I understand that reading FMs isn’t always fun to do, but I realize that it is a great way to learn new skills and educate yourself about your job as a leader. As a small unit leader, risk management is an important part of your job, whether you are a Team Leader or Commanding General. This FM will serve as a good building block to teach you the fundamental principles of risk management.