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Sample After Action Format
DATE: (Date prepared/submitted)
SUBJECT: After Action Report – (Event Title)
FROM: (Person Preparing report)
TO: (Primary Person in Chain of Command)
CC: (Courtesy Copy to interested individuals)
Establish the facts.
What was the mission description?
What did we set out to do?
What were the key tasks involved?
Define acceptable standards for success.
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Continue to establish the facts.
What actually happened?
Relevant times and dates
Cause and effect, Why did it happen? Focus on the What not the Who.
3. LESSONS LEARNED
What can we do better next time?
Focus on items you can fix and try to suggest solutions to identified problems
If you don’t have a solution that’s OK but you should try to provide some options.
Identify successes to maintain those strengths
This includes good and bad performance, questionable actions. It can also
include suggested changes in policy or really anything that the submitter wants
the chain-of-command to know about. However, touchy or dangerous subjects
such as potential disciplinary items are usually handled personally and not in a
report like this that has general distribution.
5. ACTION ITEMS
Develop a list of what actions to take to fix specific needs.
Timelines and responsibilities