What if you could take a proven system that works and place it against a life event like Military Transition for guaranteed progress and success? Would you be willing to at least try?
That’s exactly what I’ve decide to do with the Military Decision Making Process – MDMP.
Last blog post I analyzed Step 2 of MDMP and demonstrated how effective this proven system would be if executed during transition planning. Let’s continue the comparison by taking a look at Steps 3 & 4.
Step 3: Course of Action (COAs) Development.
After receiving guidance from the commander (CDR) the staff develops COAs for analysis and comparison. The staff works off the guidance and intent of the CDR to develop comprehensive COAs. The CDR remains actively involved with the staff during this step of MDMP.
Step 4: Course of Action Analysis.
The COA analysis is the step where the staff comes together to war game – the staff actually conducts role play through the various COAs. COA Analysis identifies which COA accomplishes the mission with minimum casualties while best positioning the force to retain the initiative for future operations. This analysis allows the CDR and staff to perform several tasks (list is not all inclusive): —
Determine how to maximize combat power against the enemy while protecting the friendly forces and minimizing collateral damage.
Anticipate battlefield events
Determine conditions and resources required for success
Determine when and where to apply the force’s capabilities
Determine the most flexible course of action
As you can see in Steps 3 and 4 a great deal of effort goes into developing and analyzing possible COAs for combat operations. I think about the detailed planning that takes place in preparation for transition from military life to civilian life. I could easily compare the planning and analysis I conducted in preparation for separation from the military to these two step in MDMP. In addition, the Army required me to attend mandatory briefings in preparation for transition. Each branch of the military has mandated briefings that each service member is required to complete in preparation for separation, they are structured to help us properly plan for life outside the familiarity of the military.
Those briefings include but are limited to:
Transition Overview – individual transition plan
Department of Labor Employment Workshop – cover letter and resume writing, interview techniques, job search tips and information on licensing and certification for civilian jobs
VA Brief Parts 1 and 2 – information on VA benefits, compensation and pension, and service- connected disability
Financial Planning – post service budgeting
Resume – civilian and federal resume, job applications, and resources
I think back to these briefings (guidance), the conversations I had with my family (my staff), the planning we conducted and the goals (COAs) we set for our lives and our family (CDR’s intent). Then I think about how I played out the various options for my life after military service in my mind (war gaming) in hopes of selecting the best option (COA) for me and my family.
This detailed look at Steps 3 and 4 of MDMP, COA Development and COA Analysis, further strengthens my argument that a proven combat system could offer significant progress if used against a life event such as transition from the military. Join me tomorrow when I take a look at the Transition Process through Step 5 ‘Course of Action Comparison’ of the MDMP.