This report, one in a series on military humanitarian assistance, highlights the abundant opportunities for improving the training effectiveness of humanitarian and civic assistance projects and programs. Current shortcomings are identified and suggestions for improvements provided. Shortcomings are primarily based on the lack of comprehensive reporting and analysis of the effectiveness of humanitarian and civic assistance projects, especially for one of their statutory purposes: the training of U.S. personnel. Few after action reports document training, even with basic information such as the number of personnel trained and the tasks or skills taught. In reviewing over 100 after action reports from DoD medical humanitarian assistance projects, none compared the proficiency of military personnel in any skill before and after the mission.
Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM), Online Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Portal, http://www.picnet.net/cdham/modules.php?name=Downloads