A composite risk management, or CRM, basic course is given by the military to introduce the CRM process. All army soldiers have to complete the coursework during basic combat training, but they may also take the course online through the U.S. Army's Combat Readiness site. The one-hour course only needs to be taken one time, according to the 13th QT Det website.
Because safety is a critical component to all parts of a military training program, the basic CRM course is a mandatory requirement. Coursework in CRM is directed to army civilians and covers the areas of tactical and team decision-making skills. CRM courses define and clarify the responsibilities of staff officers in addition to battalion and brigade commanders.
The Army Study Guide states that risk management can be implemented across a broad range of operations in the Army. Risk management enables soldiers for combat readiness and to be cognizant of their available resources while in the field.
According to the Guide, the CRM process is defined as the identification, evaluation and management of risk and how it is measured against a mission's benefits. The Guide states that risk management assists division commanders in conserving the lives of their troops while avoiding any unnecessary dangers and threats. Informed decisions can be made in implementing a specific COA or course of action by taking the training.